Let’s recap: Unemployed people who migrate to the UK from the EU do not claim UK benefits. They fill out an E303 form which entitles them to the same benefits they would receive in their own country – which the UK than claims back from that country.
People who migrate to the UK to take up jobs will not be eligible for in-work benefits at first, meaning they would be plunged into poverty unless their jobs were highly-paid; the vast majority of UK jobs do not pay a living wage. That’s what Cameron has just negotiated. He doesn’t seem to have made it retrospective, so people who are here already should not be affected.
There is an issue over Child Benefit. However, the Conservative Government’s figures for the amount of Child Benefit being paid to foreign nationals are likely to be hugely inflated; it seems the Tories count benefit paid to families here in the UK where one member is from another EU country.
This Blog understands that only around 14,000 families living abroad actually receive Child Benefit – far fewer than we have been led to expect.
That being said, if they’re not in the UK, there’s no reason for them to receive the UK benefit.
And Cameron is confused by all this?
David Cameron has admitted after weeks of intense negotiations to secure an EU reform deal in Brussels that he still does not know of how an “emergency brake” on migrant benefits would be implemented.
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show in his first major interview to put the case for staying in the EU, the Prime Minister said the UK would be “stronger, safer and better off” if it votes to remain.
But when pressed on the details of the deal he has secured with the rest of Europe, Mr Cameron admitted “we’re going to settle all that later”.
“What we do know is you get no benefits to start with and you don’t get full benefits for four years,” Mr Cameron said. “[We will have] no more something for nothing and people have to pay in before they get out. I think that is something people said we wouldn’t achieve and it is something we have achieved.”
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