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Post  Panda on Sun 10 Mar - 9:04

IDS Admits Benefits For Migrants 'Crisis'


The Work and Pensions Secretary wants to stop benefit
tourism but is locked in a battle with the European Union.



3:32pm UK,
Tuesday 05 March 2013

Restrictions on migration from Romania and Bulgaria lapse
in December












  • The Government is facing crisis as it tries to stop EU migrants
    coming to the UK to claim benefits, Iain Duncan Smith has warned.

    The Work and Pensions Secretary said it was too easy for migrants to pass the
    current residency test, which then entitled them to claim benefits.

    He told MPs he was trying to tighten up the system "dramatically" but was
    being thwarted by the European Union.

    The senior Tory was replying to an urgent question from Labour MP Frank
    Field, as the Government works on how to stem immigration from Romania and
    Bulgaria

    "There is somewhat of a crisis over this. For the last two years, I have been
    fighting a rearguard action over what was left to me by the last government," he
    said.

    "I inherited a habitual residency test which simply isn't fit for purpose. We
    are trying to tighten that up dramatically and I am being infracted at the
    moment by the European Union for doing that."

    The habitual residency test does not demand that EU migrants show they plan
    to stay here for any set period of time.

    They can also claim child benefits from the UK even if their offspring still
    live in their native country and pocket tax credits by claiming self-employed
    status.

    GPs were taking on migrants even if they had only been in the UK for 24
    hours, Mr Duncan Smith told MPs.
    Iain Duncan Smith says he is being thwarted by
    the EU
    He declared that Germany and other countries had "woken up at last" to the
    issue and stressed that he had made Britain's position clear to the European
    Commission.

    Mr Duncan Smith wants greater restrictions on universal credits.

    Local councils will also have to publish data on how much social housing was
    being offered to non-British citizens.

    The Government is battling to head off concerns over the influx of migrants
    from Romania and Bulgaria when temporary restrictions are lifted in
    December.

    Mr Field claimed 25,000 people are already arriving every month.

    Shadow minister Stephen Timms admitted the prospect of future migration meant
    the problem had to be addressed but criticised the Government for "floating some
    vague ideas".

    Tory John Redwood suggested new laws should prevent migrants receiving
    benefits unless they show a "suitable contribution" or spend 10 years in
    full-time education here.

    Mr Duncan Smith said: "This is very much the direction of travel we are
    trying to take."

    Tory James Duddridge said: "The infraction process is surely just a fine.
    No-one has ever paid any of these fines.

    "Please, please, please just say no, tell the Commission to sod off and don't
    pay the fine."

    Mr Duncan Smith said: "I'll skip the language and stay with the
    sentiment

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Post  Panda on Sun 10 Mar - 9:19

Flout the Law I say and let the EU decide what to do. Previous Governments, without fully explaining to us what they were signing away got us in this mess. Britain has every right to give priority to it's Citizens and should immediately make a decision to ban any more immigrants unless they have a job to come to after improving the Border Control Agency which is woefully inept.

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