Bugger off bludging foreign ratbags

Iain Duncan Smith the UK work and pensions minister has some stern words for bludging Johnny Foreigner.

The work and pensions secretary vows to protect Britain from ‘exploitation’ by benefit tourists and put those who work hard and pay their taxes first. …

Employment here is growing at the same rate as in Germany, and faster than the EU as a whole. Meanwhile, as unemployment rises in France and Spain, in the UK it has fallen by nearly 100,000 people in the past three months alone — the biggest drop in over a decade.

For those who are out of work, our dynamic labour market offers a real opportunity. Yet too often in the past, I believe we faced a challenge with our workforce at home. Under the last Labour government, more than half of all new jobs were taken by foreign nationals. Meanwhile, even during the years of growth, we had well over four million people sitting on out-of-work benefits — too many of them unwilling or unable to take advantage of the job opportunities that were being created.

There is no kindness in a welfare system that traps the individuals and families it is meant to help, nor anything moral in a fundamentally divided nation, one in which one section of society has been left behind. Yet that is the challenge I was confronted with on entering office, after Labour tried to cover up the problem. They left far too many British people on the sidelines, while companies imported labour from abroad. It is one reason why this Government is taking decisive action to reform the welfare state, a process that is now well under way.

We’re already fixing the broken system we inherited from Labour by placing a cap on the amount people can receive in benefits, reforming sickness benefits and increasing the expectations on some people to move into work while restoring the incentive to do so.

We are seeing excellent results. Already, half a million fewer people are on out-of-work benefits since the election. And notably, the latest data shows that of the rise in employment over the past year, over 90 per cent went to UK nationals.  

The UK is turning the corner…but it is at risk.

It is only right that fairness should underpin our welfare system, applying equally to individuals both at home and from abroad. We know that British people are concerned — rightly — about migrants being drawn here simply to take advantage of our system. It is my job to protect it from exploitation, and protect the money of the hard-working taxpayers who fund it.

That’s why I have taken action to protect the integrity of the British welfare state. Last week, the Government announced the introduction of a tougher and more robust test that all migrants will have to pass before they can make a claim for benefits. People coming into the country will need to provide clear evidence that they are doing everything they can to find a job, including, for the first time, asking what efforts they have made to find work before coming to the UK. They will also be required to demonstrate that their English-language skills are not a barrier to their getting a job.

This week, we went a step further, as the Prime Minister pledged we would, putting into law that EU migrants will be banned from claiming out- of-work benefits until they have been living in the UK for three months.

Of course the European bludger nations are whinging.

One European commissioner says that these actions are akin to xenophobia. Such comments are, I believe, insulting to the hard-working British public and to British taxpayers who fund our welfare state — as well as to the people from other EU countries who come here and work hard and pay their taxes. It is only fair and reasonable to say to those coming into our country: if you do not intend to make a contribution, you shouldn’t be able to claim benefits. This is based on simple values of give and take. Britain is open for business, and welcomes those who want to contribute — but for people who don’t want to contribute, and just want to claim benefits, we have a simple message: you will not get something for nothing.

Benefit tourism should not be allowed, and through discussions with my counterparts across Europe, I know that many others feel the same. Many other countries agree that nation states must maintain control over their own welfare provision.

Benefit tourism…I like that term.


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