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EU hits back at 'nasty' Tory benefit block plan

Wed, 27/11/2013 - 12:58 -- nick

The European Union has criticised the Conservative plan to block EU citizens from receiving UK benefits.

Employment Commissioner Laszlo Andor said Britain risked being seen as a "nasty country" because of the plan, which would mean a person needs to be resident in the UK for three months before they were entitled to benefits.

From 1st January people from Bulgaria and Romania will have full workers rights in the whole EU, prompting fears from some that the UK jobs market will struggle to accommodate them.

Gove calls UK benefits 'generous' as EU citizens denied access

Mon, 25/11/2013 - 11:49 -- nick

Education Secretary Michael Gove has called the British benefits system "generous" while denying EU citizens access to it.

Speaking on Sunday's Andrew Marr Show on BBC1, Gove defended David Cameron's stance, which will extend the qualifying period for European people from three months to one year.

Gove said Mr Cameron had "struck exactly the right note on migration, which is to celebrate the achievements of the people who've come here, to recognise migration has to work for people who are already here - from whatever background".

UK taken to court over migrant benefits

Fri, 31/05/2013 - 12:34 -- nick

The UK is to be taken to court for discriminating against EU nationals on benefit entitlements.

Britain applies a 'habitual residence test' to all EU nationals who want to claim benefits here, but the European Commission already has its own rules to work out in which country a worker should claim.

It says this extra test is illegal, and has started proceedings at the European Court of Justice.

Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith vowed to fight the case "every step of the way".

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