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Norway May Lower Child Benefits for Foreign Workers

On Saturday, David Cameron announced child benefit for children living outside the UK would be paid at the rate of their home country.

– The agreement between the EU and the UK gives the British what they want. I think they’ve got a good deal, , says Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

She also notes that EU legislation should in principle apply to all member states – and also EEA countries including Norway.

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion (BLD), Kai Morten Terning says to NRK that it is still too early to determine how this agreement will affect Norway. He adds that the agreement is dependent on the British referendum for continued EU membership.

Terning, on the other hand, points out that this is a positive development for Norway.  He thinks it’s not fair that the foreign workers from other EU countries should receive child benefit in Norwegian standarts  while the child lives in a low-cost country.

The lesgistlation will affect 13,000 recipients. Most of the recipients are from Poland, and in 2014, 88 million NOK cash went to Poland in allowance and child benefit, writes VG.

 

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