Migrants face child benefit curbs

Maldon and Burnham Standard: From July, EU migrants must live in the UK for three months before they can claim child benefit and child tax credit, the BBC has reported From July, EU migrants must live in the UK for three months before they can claim child benefit and child tax credit, the BBC has reported

Restrictions on welfare available to immigrants from the EU to the UK will be extended to child benefits.

Workers from the EU coming to Britain must already wait three months before they can claim jobseeker's allowance under new measures pushed through at the end of last year.

The Treasury has now decided that from July, EU migrants must live in the UK for three months before they can claim child benefit and child tax credit, the BBC said.

Economic secretary to the Treasury Nicky Morgan said the move would ensure that the welfare system would not be abused.

She told the BBC: "The government is building a system that is fair and consistent, one that supports those who want to work hard.

"These changes send a strong message that our welfare system is not open to abuse and will deter those who think that they can move to the UK primarily to claim benefits.

"Making work pay is part of our long-term plan to ensure that Britain's growing economy and dynamic jobs market deliver for those who work hard and play by the rules."

Benefit claimants will also face tests of their spoken English and those with a poor grasp of the language will have training and be expected to improve if it affects their search for work, the BBC said.

The Tories have set a goal of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands by the end of the Parliament.

But the target looks set to be missed after the most recent figures surged year-on-year by more than a third to 212,000 in the 12 months to September 2013.

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8:34am Wed 9 Apr 14

cosmick says...

Talk is cheap, the E/U will take England to the e/u court and they will get there money. We have no control over what we pay out, thisw is just a smoke screen.
Talk is cheap, the E/U will take England to the e/u court and they will get there money. We have no control over what we pay out, thisw is just a smoke screen. cosmick
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10:52am Wed 9 Apr 14

welshmen says...

Immigrant child benefit is scam, a scam that's been used since the poles etc came here, why do we have to pay child benefit to children who have never set foot in our Country, we can't do it in other EU countries.

Immigration has cost this country since 1995 to 2011 £148 Billion and rising, yet the Liberal Elite still want more, they want more to force our people to except "you've lost your Country" and let more foreigners get into Government for their own gratification, their CULTURE to rule us, all helped by a lot of the posters on here and the Guardian, BBC, The Times and the worst weapon the PC brigade, Laws to silence us into excepting what we are told, TIME FOR CHANGE or lose our Country, it's not as simple as immigrant child benefit it's the whole scam of immigrants and how it's killing this country.

Immigration is well out of control, anyone can get into our country and attack us with impunity, put the lid back on the jam pot and they go somewhere else, our forces home and winkle out the illegals and terrorist suspects and deport them along with all family members, they can put appeals in while back in their own Country not use our legal aid....
Immigrant child benefit is scam, a scam that's been used since the poles etc came here, why do we have to pay child benefit to children who have never set foot in our Country, we can't do it in other EU countries. Immigration has cost this country since 1995 to 2011 £148 Billion and rising, yet the Liberal Elite still want more, they want more to force our people to except "you've lost your Country" and let more foreigners get into Government for their own gratification, their CULTURE to rule us, all helped by a lot of the posters on here and the Guardian, BBC, The Times and the worst weapon the PC brigade, Laws to silence us into excepting what we are told, TIME FOR CHANGE or lose our Country, it's not as simple as immigrant child benefit it's the whole scam of immigrants and how it's killing this country. Immigration is well out of control, anyone can get into our country and attack us with impunity, put the lid back on the jam pot and they go somewhere else, our forces home and winkle out the illegals and terrorist suspects and deport them along with all family members, they can put appeals in while back in their own Country not use our legal aid.... welshmen
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