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Social benefits

With the ratification of the withdrawal agreement, the transition period guarantees that nothing will change for individuals and businesses in 2020 in order to give everyone the time to prepare for the implementation of the withdrawal agreement and the future relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom, which still remains to be negotiated.

The end of the transition period will have implications for EU and British citizens and economic players established in the EU and the UK, regardless of whether an agreement is reached on the future relationship. The shape of the future relationship with the United Kingdom still remains uncertain at the present time.


You are concerned 1) if you are a British citizen who works in France or who wants to work in France; 2) if you are receiving family benefits; 3) if you have French or British coverage; 4) if your spouse works or is unemployed in France or the UK; 5) if you receive a British pension exclusively; or 6) if you are a British student in France.

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Frequently

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  • I work and am insured under the French system while my spouse works and resides in the United Kingdom with my children. Will I continue to receive British and, if applicable, French family benefits from the date of withdrawal? If so, under what conditions ?
  • A1 During the transition period, you will continue to receive family benefits under the same conditions as today, since during the transition period (until 1 December 2020), the provisions of EU rules will continue to apply. The Member State that pays family benefits is determined according to your professional activity and residence, that of your spouse and the residence of the children. Professional activity is decisive in determining the primary competent Member State, while the residence of the children determines the secondary competent Member State. In your case, the French family benefits fund is the primary competent fund for paying your family benefits. The UK, which is the secondary competent Member State, will pay a differential supplement if the UK family benefits correspond to a higher amount.

  • I work and am insured under the French system while my family lives in the United Kingdom. My spouse does not work. Will I continue to receive French and, if applicable, British family benefits from the date of withdrawal? If so, under what conditions ?
  • A2 During the transition period (withdrawal agreement), you will continue to receive family benefits under the same conditions as today, since during the transition period (until 2 December 2020), the provisions of EU rules will continue to apply. The Member State that pays family benefits is determined according to your professional activity and residence, that of your spouse and the residence of the children. Professional activity is decisive in determining the primary competent Member State, while the residence of the children determines the secondary competent Member State. In your case, the French family benefits fund is the primary competent fund for paying your family benefits. The UK, which is the secondary competent Member State, will pay a differential supplement if the UK family benefits correspond to a higher amount.

  • I am a British national lawfully residing in France as of the withdrawal date. I am entitled to the social inclusion benefit (RSA), the adult disability allowance (AAH) or the in-work benefit (prime d’activité). Will my rights be maintained or do I have to file a new application ?
  • A3 During the transition period (withdrawal agreement), British citizens will continue to receive these benefits under the same conditions as EU citizens during the transition period (until 3 December 2020).

  • I am a British national lawfully residing in France as of the withdrawal date. After the withdrawal date, I will be applying for the social inclusion benefit (RSA) for the first time or renewing my status as beneficiary. What conditions do I need to meet ?
  • A4 Provided they are legal residents of France for at least three months prior to applying, British citizens will continue to receive these benefits under the same conditions as EU citizens during the transition period (withdrawal agreement).

  • I am a British student studying in France. What will happen to my social protection after the withdrawal date ?
  • A5 During the transition period (withdrawal agreement), your health insurance coverage and the conditions under which you are insured will not change. The current EU rules on coordination of social security systems will continue to apply during the transition period. For someone in your situation, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will ensure that any treatment you receive during your stay will be covered. In France, your healthcare expenses will be reimbursed under the same conditions as for beneficiaries of the French social security system.