• UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall has described as “outrageous” news that the government has no idea how much of our social security money is going to other EU nationals.
“Time after time this government and the last have argued that the mass migration from the EU to Britain has been beneficial to the economy as an excuse for its inability to control the numbers.
“Now we know why, they are not in a position to judge. They are just shooting the breeze with taxpayer’s money,” said Mr Nuttall, North West MEP for the UK Independence Party.
His remarks follow an admission by Chris Grayling, the Employment Minister, that no government has ever kept these statistics.
“For the Minister to say that he is talking to EU employment ministers to sort this out is not good enough. He shouldn’t need their permission to compile the statistics. He just has to get on with it and do it.
“If he does need their permission it will never be granted, as a majority of EU states do not want light to be shed on the mystery. They do not want British taxpayers to know how much they are forking out for other nationals through their benefits system”.
This admission follows hot on the heels of new figures revealing that the top five nations fueling the rise in Britain’s immigration are all from Eastern Europe.
Slovakia, which has a population of just five million, leads the boom in foreigners in the UK, with almost one per cent of its entire population living here.
The figures, calculated using data from the government’s Office of National Statistics, show that 49,000 Slovakians came to live here last year – a massive 513 per cent increase on the 8,000 who arrived in 2004.
Many of Slovakia’s neighbours like Latvia, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania have also joined the rush to live here after becoming members of the EU.
“It really is no wonder considering that under EU regulations migrants are entitled to state handouts including jobseeker’s allowances and housing benefit.
“It is vital that mass immigration be brought under control – and fast,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP’S Deputy Leader.