Housing Systems: Combating poverty and sustaining tenancies.

  • Some countries acceded to the EEA late and are known as accession states. These are:
    • The A8 states: Czech republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and
    • The A2 states: Bulgaria & Romania.
    • Croatia- the latest state to accede to the EEA.

  • A8, A2 and Croatian nationals now have the same rights as nationals of the original EEA states - click here to find out which EEA Nationals can claim - but read the rest of the information below which could be relevant.
  • Because they acceded later to the EEA the UK government was able to 'derogate' some of their rights to work and claim benefits for a limited period. This meant that for 5/7 years from the accession date the UK could impose restrictions on the work anyone from these countries was allowed to do, and on their subsequent rights to benefits.
    • A8s were subject to the Worker Registration scheme from 01.05.2004 to 1.5.2009 (originally it was 30.04.2011 but this was changed by caselaw);
    • A2s to the Worker Authorisation scheme from 01.01.2007 to 31.12.2013.
    • Croatians to the Worker Authorisation scheme from 01.07.13 to 31.06.18.

  • This meant that they had to register with the Home Office to do any employed work; and would not be treated the same as another EEA National in terms of rights to work and benefits until they had completed 12 months' registered/authorised work.  Note: there were some exclusions to the requirement to register with the Home Office.

  • They were entitled to benefits while in the work but not during any gap. 

  • And if a gap lasted over 30 days they had to re-register and start the 12 months again.

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