THE GOVERNMENT HAS REVEALED HOW MUCH WAS SENT OVERSEAS TO CHILDREN IN BENEFITS, DESPITE THEM NOT LIVING IN THE UK.
More than 19,000 children in EU countries enjoyed benefits sent to them from the British government.
11,000 of the 19,000 came from Poland and Ireland. The only EU countries that did not have any claimants were Slovenia and Liechtenstein.
Treasury financial secretary Mel Stride announced that £15 million of British taxpayers money was sent overseas last year to children in the European Union.
Due to EU rules, the British government is powerless to stop child benefit being sent abroad if the parents are working in the UK.
Conservative MP, Esther McVey said: “It is unjustifiable for child benefit to be paid by UK taxpayers for non-British children who don’t even live in the UK. “When we leave the EU this must be addressed so that money can be spent on people in need at home.”.
The Department of Health raised concerns after revealing health tourism cost the UK £1.23billion over the past 4 years. That is on average £842,465 a day.
Priti Patel said: “The NHS has been taken advantage of over a number of years.”
Voters expressed their anger and frustration at the fact so much is being spent on people who do not contribute taxes.
One user commented on the Express website: “Absolutely disgusting! English, Scottish and Welsh children (anyone can call themselves British) are suffering for lack of medicines and yet here we are feeding half the world!!!”
Another added: “Which EU-countries would pay British people child benefit whilst their children lived outside that country?? – NONE!!”
And: “Give people child benefit coupons denominated in sterling to be used for food only.”