Cameron to Stop Benefits to Immigrants Who Cannot Speak English

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Bulgaria: Cameron to Stop Benefits to Immigrants Who Cannot Speak English British Prime Minister David Cameron, photo by BGNES

Immigrants in the UK who do not speak English may be stripped of benefits.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is said to be planning to stop printing welfare paperwork in foreign languages and prevent claimants using taxpayer-funded translators at benefits offices.

The measures, which will also affect British nationals who cannot speak English, aim to downsize welfare spending and save money spent on translators, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio.

According to recent statistics, the Department for Work and Pensions spends GBP 5 M on translation services a year.

The measures, drawn up by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, were to be announced on Monday but were postponed due to a dispute with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Tories hope that eliminating foreign-language documentation explaining how to claim benefits will make it harder for immigrants to take advantage of the UK's benefits system, at the same time encouraging those already in the country to learn English.

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