Having been busy with Rachel Reeves and Iain Duncan Smith (and those pesky kids are a handful, I can tell you!) I haven’t had time to look at this ‘benefit tourism’ issue that has arisen again this week. I understand the European Commission has challenged the government to put up some evidence that it is taking place, or shut up about it once and for all. In other words, the Commission is saying “This is a ‘phantom problem’ that you have created to scare your citizens, isn’t it?” and waiting to be proved correct. Brilliant.
Don’t know what a ‘phantom problem’ is? You probably do but haven’t heard it described that way. This article features a great description of it, along with plenty of facts and evidence to support the case AGAINST ‘benefit tourism’.
It’s absolutely recommended reading and the author is to be commended.