Jobless Migrants in Britain will lost benefits entitlement

UK jobless migrants to lose benefits

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:31:11 GMT

Jobless migrants in the UK will be banned from claiming housing benefit from the next three months, senior figures in the British government have warned.

Writing in The Daily Mail on Sunday, British Home Secretary Theresa May and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith announced rules, under which those migrants from within the European Union (EU) claiming jobseeker’s allowance will not be able to receive housing benefit as well from the beginning of April this year.

“We introduced rules so that from January 1 this year we are banning individuals from receiving out-of-work benefits until they have been living in the UK for three months. And … from … April we will be removing entitlement to housing benefit altogether for this group,” the Cabinet ministers said.

May and Smith also warned that EU migrants will have their payments stopped after six months unless they can prove they have a “genuine” prospect of employment.

They claimed that the recent move is aimed at preventing people exploiting the UK’s welfare system.

This comes as under new measures, announced by the Tory-led government in late November, migrants from the EU are currently barred from claiming out-of-work benefits for their first three months in the UK.

The UK Independence Party (UKIP), however, recently called on the coalition government to extend the three-month ban to five years.

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