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An open door to benefit tourists: EU warns Britain it can't stop thousands more migrants claiming welfare handouts
Date 28/09/2010 14:10  Author webmaster  Hits 965  Language Global
28 SEP 2010

By James Chapman ¦ Mail

Benefits tourists are set to get the green light to come to Britain and immediately claim handouts totalling £2.5billion a year.

According to documents leaked to the Mail, ministers have been warned that restrictions on claims by immigrants are against the law and must be scrapped.
The European Commission's ruling threatens to open the door to tens of thousands who are currently deterred from coming to Britain.

At the moment, a 'habitual residency test' is used to establish whether migrants from the EU are eligible for benefits.
To qualify for jobseeker's allowance, employment support allowance, pension credit and income support, they must demonstrate that they either have worked or have a good opportunity to get a job.

At the moment, a 'habitual residency test' is used to establish whether migrants from the EU are eligible for benefits.
To qualify for jobseeker's allowance, employment support allowance, pension credit and income support, they must demonstrate that they either have worked or have a good opportunity to get a job.

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