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Can an UK expat return to the UK after 17 years and claim housing and social security benefits immediately?

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What a disgraceful answer! This person has probably paid into the UK system so why should they not be entitled to a little help if they want to come home? You have no idea what their circumstances are. Unfortunately I don't know the answer but hopefully someone with a little more compassion that the previous poster will be able to provide one.

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