July 2013 EEA Nationals & Time Limiting
The Home Office is to time-limit the right to reside of unemployed EEA nationals to six months.
Responding to a question about benefit tourism in the House of Commons yesterday, Home Secretary Theresa May said -
'The Home Office will tighten regulations to time-limit the right of unemployed European economic area nationals to reside and claim benefits to six months, unless they can prove they are looking for a job and have a genuine chance of getting one. The Department for Work and Pensions is also taking steps to tighten further its rules on access to benefits.'
The Home Secretary also said that the government would use the forthcoming Immigration Bill 'better to regulate migrant access to benefits and public services.'