The Department of Work and Pensions claim to be fighting back against the exploitation of unemployment benefits seen by immigrants.
The plan is to introduce a six month only time frame for immigrants to claim Jobseeker’s allowance (unless they have a “genuine” chance of work – and this is only available after the existing 3 month ban on claims.
Cabinet ministers told the mail “No longer can people come here from abroad and expect to get something for nothing.” There are also new plans that require all new claimants of Jobseeker’s Allowance to sit a basic skills test within six weeks. Nick Clegg says “people who are coming here to look for work from elsewhere in the European Union have a right to look for work, but don’t have a right to claim benefits” this obviously doesn’t affect groups such as Asylum seekers.
The plans are a step in the right direction for Britain and if implemented, could stop immigrants seeing our country as a freebie. We need to reassure people that it does not matter who you are, or where you’re from – a great work ethic and a sense of realism will get you a very long way in life.
The plans have only been discussed with newspapers at present, and are yet to be presented in Parliament.