A British Member of Parliament (MP) says child benefit should be withheld from those who are not resident in the UK and there should be changes to tax credits for immigrants.
Currently, any EU migrant or a person with Indefinite Leave to Remain can claim child benefit for children living abroad. An estimated £55million a year is being sent abroad for the benefit of foreign youngsters at a time when the Government is cutting payments for hard-pressed UK families.
Most of the benefits go to eastern Europeans, with Poland top of the list.
The details emerged just weeks after the Government imposed cuts to child benefits for families where one bread-winner earned more than £50,000 a year and withdrew them altogether from UK households where someone had an annual wage over £60,000.
Mark Reckless, a Conservative MP who sits on the Home Affairs Select committee told Andrew Neil in a BBC TV interview that he was “not sure” of a negative advertising campaign to deter potential immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria heading to the UK.
He spoke to Andrew Neil about the lifting of transitional immigration controls for Bulgarians and Romanians next year.
Anti immigration pressure group Migration Watch estimates that when transitional arrangements, restricting work in the UK, end in 2014 50,000 people will migrate from Romania and Bulgaria to the UK each year until 2019.
Tory MP Philip Hollobone has estimated that the number of Bulgarians and Romanians living in Britain could rise to 425,000 over the next five years.
In a recent poll published in the Daily Express, almost eight out of 10 (79 per cent) people questioned want work restrictions on the Romanians and Bulgarians to stay.
Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, spoke of: “The impossibility of Mr Cameron negotiating a deal with the EU that will satisfy the British people. A free country decides who can and who cannot enter through its borders.”
Croatia joins the European Union (EU) on 1 July 2013 and the UK will introduce transitional arrangements to restrict Croatian nationals’ from full access to the UK labour market.
EEA nationals are normally allowed to enter and stay in the UK for for a period not exceeding three months unless other conditions are met, for instance if they exercise ‘treaty rights’ to work, study or declare themselves as ’self sufficient’.
The negative campaign will further upset the thousands of educated hardworking Romanians and Bulgarians who come to the UK to improve their lives by working legally with a yellow or blue card, not to claim benefits.
In fact, most are surprised that people are allowed to sit at home on benefits and suspect that that is the reason they can easily find jobs in the UK.
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