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Benefits legal warning to UK over cash for EU nationals

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Benefits legal warning to UK over cash for EU nationals

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The European Commission has threatened legal action against the UK, saying a test of eligibility for benefits discriminates against foreigners.
The "right to reside" qualification for benefits is automatic for UK nationals but assessed for other EU nationals.
The commission said this breached EU law and gave the UK two months to say how it would bring its rules into line.
Employment Minister Chris Grayling said it was unacceptable "that we should open our doors to benefit tourism".
"It's obviously right that we support those who work and pay their taxes here, but it's clearly completely unacceptable that we should open our doors to benefit tourism,"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15120522
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Re: Benefits legal warning to UK over cash for EU nationals

So what the EU are effectively saying is that any EU national should be allowed to claim our benefits right? - Does that also mean that they can claim from their own home while living abroad? - I hope not. I've no problem with them claiming if they live here (everyone should be entitled to help when they're in the sh!t) but I hope they're not suggesting the door should be opened for those who live in their own countries.
If they are then this country is lost and we need to get out of the EU.
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Re: Benefits legal warning to UK over cash for EU nationals

I think we should up-sticks and decant into European countries and claim as much as we can on their benefits systems, and see how they like it...
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Re: Benefits legal warning to UK over cash for EU nationals

They probably aren't as soft, for instance I understand in Holland teenage mothers are faced with a choice of living with parents or in a hostel.
No free house etc for them.
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Re: Benefits legal warning to UK over cash for EU nationals

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I think we should up-sticks and decant into European countries and claim as much as we can on their benefits systems, and see how they like it...

I don't think they really have any and thats why they all love ours so much.
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Re: Benefits legal warning to UK over cash for EU nationals

As Sprite says...... 
Why do you think so many people go to Calais, hoping to stow away on a lorry to get into the UK.... If France had the same benefit system that we do.... they would stay there... why? Better weather and better climate in general... plus... they don`t have to stow away in a lorry and get sent back home.. when caught ! Cheesy
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Re: Benefits legal warning to UK over cash for EU nationals

It is time to have some dense fog in the English Channel to ensure that the European continent is isolated from civilisation.
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Re: Benefits legal warning to UK over cash for EU nationals

That would require a special EU resolution !...
Erm.... oh yes,... it will get passed .... cos that is all the EU commissioners do....... Generate loads of FOG  ..... (Flippin`  `Orrible Generalisations) that governments have to abide by... Roll eyes