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CPAG’s Benefits for Migrants Handbook has firmly established itself as the leading text on social security entitlement for people who have come to, or who are leaving, the UK. Following the end of the post-Brexit transition period on 31st December 2020 new rules take effect from 1st January 2021, which significantly change the benefit entitlements of migrants. The publication of the 12th edition of this Handbook is timed to ensure advisers get the latest information on these changes.
Ongoing online updates to the Handbook will cover future developments in 2021, including changes to benefit entitlements resulting from the end of the grace period and the deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme on 30th June 2021. Updates will continue until the publication of Benefits of Migrants Handbook 13th edition, planned in December 2021. The ending of European free movement rights within UK law affects the benefit entitlement of European nationals who began living in the UK before the end of 2020 and those who arrived after, and the family members of both groups. The end of the transition period also affects the benefit entitlements of claimants who move to live in Europe and those who return to the UK after living abroad. The Handbook covers the details of these changes as well as any impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
Information to help you establish the immigration status of your clients is provided in addition to comprehensive details on the benefit entitlements that result from that status, including specific rules that apply to refugees and others granted leave following an asylum claim. The Handbook is fully indexed and cross-referenced to both UK and European legislation and caselaw.
The Benefits for Migrants Handbook should be on the desk of everyone advising European and non-European nationals living in the UK, and claimants of all nationalities who have recently arrived in the UK or who are going abroad.