December 2013 – New Restrictions on Benefits for EU Migrants
Prime Minister David Cameron has set out further restrictions on benefits for EU migrants. He announced a number of measures designed to ensure that 'no-one can come to this country and expect to get out-of-work benefits immediately', including:
No newly arrived EU jobseekers will be able to claim housing benefit
No EU migrant will be entitled to out-of-work benefits for the first three months
From January 2014, no EU migrant will be able to claim jobseeker's allowance for more than six months unless they can prove that they have a genuine prospect of employment
A new minimum earnings threshold will be introduced before benefits such as income support can be claimed and
Any EU national sleeping rough or begging will be deported and barred from re-entry for 12 months 'unless they can prove they have a proper reason to be here, such as a job'.
However, speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, EU Employment Commissioner Laszlo Andor said that Mr Cameron's proposals were 'an unfortunate over-reaction' and that EU rules, which apply equally to all 28 member states, had been agreed to by the UK.