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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?

What’s your view?

See also: Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill will make it harder to settle in the UK 

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8 Responses to “UK Government to cut migrant benefits”
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  1. its funny comment about imagrat coming in the uk woman look aroud or travel a little ad u wil here british in africa say the same thing its money for them in africa ad they do live like kings so wake up ad dont blame nobody 4 ur poor state

  2. Hayley says :

    Im sorry I think its a BRILLIANT IDEA……ABOUT TIME. I agree that some immigrants do come here and want to make a Living for them selfs and provide for their family……BUT I Have spoken and seen alot of “immigrants” that come into this Country because they are allowed Benefits. Some Somalian women for Instance has about 5 kids each and Just keep having more this may be in their Culture i dont know but its unfair then get Given great big Houses. British People are struggling to Find work and Homes in our Country. Im 24yrs old Born and Bred here, My Grandfather and Great grandfather fault for this Country and Im unable to get a council house with my husband because unlike some people i havent been Breeding, Ive been to busy trying to survive on a small income…… Im not about to bring a child into the world when i can hardly survive myself…..You cannot say all the Immigrants that has ever came to England that all of them in work…and none are on benefits……I know someone in college that said he was here because its an Easy life and you gets money for nothing…..Now you just have to hear it from the Horses mouth to Believe it

    IT HAS TO STOP…….

    BRITAIN FIRST AND ITS CHILDREN

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  4. were not interested in ur benefits,u can have it all!!!what were just asking are..,(u have loads of money that u have taken from us foreigners such as taxes,NI,housing rents etc.)fair treatment and the exact rights for the foreigners that shed their skins off jst to help ur economy grow.

  5. NELSON says :

    IT IS VERY UNFAIR FOR GOVERNMENT TO WANT TO CHANGE RULES AND IMPLEMENT THEM IN RETROSPECT.MOST HIGHLY SKILLED MIGRANT HAVE HAD TO LEAVE THEIR JOBS, FAMILY AND BUSSINESS IN THEIR HOME COUNTRY BASED ON THE PROMISE BY THE GOVERNMENT THAT PROVIDED THEY ARE WILLING TO MAKE BRITAIN THEIRSECOND HOME AND REMAIN ECONOMICAL USEFUL TO THE COUNTRY (BY WORKING AND PAYING TAXES), THAT THEY WILL BE ALLOWED TO LIVE HRE INDEFINITELY AFTER 4 YEARS.THERE IS NOTHING WRONG IN MAKING CHANGES TO RULES BUT IT SHOULD AFFECT NEW ENTRANTS AND NOT THOSE ALREADY IN THE COUNTRY BASED ON THE PREVIOUS RULE.

  6. anna liza says :

    when we applied here in the uk,we dont have any ideas regarding benefits.we came here to work and to earned money and hoping to get our residency..we migrant are longing for the ILR,we dont need the benefits,we only need the Indefinite leave to remain to get another job.

  7. more productive.

  8. its ok if they will remove the benefits from migrant since it isnt our priority when we took employment here in uk,they just need to be fair and give the migrant indefinite leave since we migrant already contributed to the society.we dont wnt the benefits as long as they will give us ilr for us to progress and moved on to another job to become

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