‘Flawed’ test denies EU migrants universal credit, thinktank warns

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IPPR says large number of applicants refused amid Covid-19 crisis due to residency test

Large numbers of EU migrants are being rejected for universal credit during the coronavirus pandemic due to a “flawed” and “little-known” residency test, a leftwing thinktank has warned.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said about 45,000 claims for universal credit were rejected due to the “habitual residence” test in the past 12 months – before a significant rise in claims during the Covid-19 crisis.

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