Nigel Farage: Brexit Party Nov 28, 2014 22:38:15 GMT
Post by Admin on Nov 28, 2014 22:38:15 GMT
British prime minister David Cameron is to impose major curbs on the rights of citizens from other European Union states to claim welfare benefits – but most changes will require other EU states’ agreement. Delivering his long-awaited speech on immigration, Mr Cameron sought to heed the clamour in Britain to curb the numbers coming in – 280,000 this year, the highest for decades. Equally, however, the he emphasised the contribution made by existing immigrants and their value to society and the economy, and said the UK’s strength is its open economy.
Under his plan, EU migrants would not qualify for welfare benefits given to low-pay workers – worth up to £700 a month for two-child families – twice the sum paid in Germany and three times the French level. Meanwhile, immigrants would be barred from claiming benefits for their children if their offspring continued to live in their home countries. Equally, they would be barred from getting council houses for four years. They would be ordered to quit the UK after six months if they have not found work, while fraudsters and beggars would face longer bars from coming back.
Changes can be made to British welfare rules, Mr Cameron believes, without running foul of EU discrimination rules because the UK is planning to change its entire system. Under the plans, which have faced mounting IT and other difficulties, the unwieldy list of existing benefits will be replaced by one universal credit, so new qualifying rules can be set from the off without breaching rules.