The People newspaper has published reports that the Government is planning a tough new benefit crackdown on immigrants, which they claim will save taxpayers £2billion.
State benefits for at least 500,000 people coming to Britain from outside the EU are to be slashed.
Home Office officials said the move will save the UK between £820 million and £2.1 billion over 10 years.
The clampdown on state handouts s due to be launched in 18 months and will end the current system of giving migrants indefinite leave to remain – with access to benefits.
Instead, incomers will be offered probationary UK citizenship which will bar them from claiming child benefit, council and housing tax benefits and income support for up to eight years.
They will also have to learn English, do voluntary work and commit no crimes before taking the test for full citizenship.
Only those who work and pay national insurance will be entitled to jobseeker’s allowance and sickness benefits if they lose their jobs.
The new rules are expected to discourage thousands of foreigners from applying to live here.
Immigration minister Phil Woolas said:
“The pull factor of coming to the UK is to be taken away.
“That will mean a huge saving to the public purse – and immigrants will have to demonstrate their willingness to integrate.”
Foreigners who have a job to come to in Britain will still be granted fiveyear work permits.
But they must then do another five years as probationary citizens if they want to settle here permanently.
There will be no change to the status of asylum-seekers, who are given vouchers for food and clothes instead of benefits.
EU citizens will be able to continue to live and work here without any restrictions – just as they do now.
Source: The People
Immigration Matters Comment
This is Government ‘spin’ at its best!
The ‘benefits cut for immigrants’ story is a little more than rehash of proposals already outlined in the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill, expected to become law in the Autumn.
Gordon Brown’s Labour Government are so far behind in the polls that they seem to be resorting to using migrants as ‘political footballs’ in a desperate attempt to win over voters.
The migrant workers who will be hit by the changes are already barred from access to ‘public funds’ as part of their visa conditions whilst in the UK on a work permit.
They have come to Britain to work, not claim benefits.
They are hardworking taxpayers often doing the low paid jobs, for instance in the health care industry, resident workers do not seem to want.
Should we not be encouraging these contributors to society to stay, rather than making it more difficult?
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