An article in the Daily Express has noted that the number of Europeans claiming benefits in the UK has more than doubled over the past decade – at a cost of hundreds of million pounds.
Fewer than 50,000 EU claimants in 2003 were relying on British state benefits – but that figure rocketed last year to 121,000, according to government data.
If all migrant claimants were on the minimum handout of £56.80 a week, the cost to hard working taxpayers would be £357 million a year.
But the true figure will be much higher when extras – such as housing and child benefits, disability and carers’ allowances plus tax credits – are taken into account,
These statistics are released after campaigners warned that 50,000 EU migrants will flood into the UK over the next five years.
The revelations about the unwanted EU burden on Britain’s already overstretched welfare state has provoked outrage
THE ONLY WAY TO CUT OUR WELFARE BILL IS TO REGAIN CONTROL OF IMMMIGRATION
Ukip’sTim Aker said” These shocking numbers expose what happens when the Government irresposibly opens the door unconditionally topeople from from the whole of eastern Europe who come from much poorer countries.
“We must have a firm but fair immigration policy that welcomes those who come here to pay in before they take out and not those who take out more than they put into the tax pot.
“Under Ukip, new migrants would have to to be able to support themselves for five years before they could claim benefits.”
Jack Hart of the Freedom Association, said “While the Government had worked hard to reduce the country’s overall welfare bill, it’s hand are tied when it comes to tackling the large sums that are claimed by EU migrants
” The only way the UK can really continue to reduce the welfare bill is to regain control over its own immigration policies and control the number of EU migrants who arrive and are entitled to claim welfare benefits.” The latest figures are contained in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) statistics.
Of the 49,970 EU citizens living on state handouts in Britain in 2003, just 3,890 were from new member states.
By 2013, the total number of Europeans being supported by the British taxpayer was 121,000. ButsJuzeBsJuzerussels’ policy of expansion meant those countries from eastern European accession countries rocketed to 58,950.
The largest group of EU claimants in the UK last year was the army of 26,500 unemployed Poles – an increase on the 1,300 signing on 10 years previously.
The second biggest growth was seen among Portuguese registered for benefits, which more than doubled in a decade from 5,700 to 12,400.
Slovakians on the dole shot up from just 100 a decade ago to 8,000 last year and there was also a massive hike in Lithuanians from a mere 300 to 6,500
Among others in Britain without a job were 6,800 Dutch, 6,400 French, 6,300 Italians and 5,500 Czechs.
A DWP spokesman said “We have brought in reforms to ensure we have a fair system – one which provides support for genuine workers and jobseekers but does not allow people to come to our country and take advantage of our benefit system.”
This state of affairs is unsubstainable and if the EU is for us this situation certainly is not!!!!!.