EU Warns UK over Benefit Rules
The European Commission has warned that it will be checking the legality of the British government's rules on how long EU jobseekers must wait to claim benefits.
“For the moment it is too early to say whether the new rules are compliant," said Jonathan Todd, spokesman for EU Employment Commissioner Laszlo Andor, as cited by ITV.
"[Numerous] studies show that the vast majority of EU nationals go to other member states to work and that they usually pay more in tax and social security contributions than they receive in benefits because more of them tend to be of working age compared with the population of the host country,” the spokesman noted.
A ban on EU citizens claiming benefits from the moment they arrive in the UK is to be fast-tracked in the country amid fears of an “influx” of Bulgarians and Romanians in the new year.
The measure is expected to be rushed through the British parliament in time for the January 1 deadline when labor market restrictions will be lifted for Bulgarians and Romanians.
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