Eu Migrant Plans to Hit Unemployed Young People as well as Working EU Citizens.
Young People Again the Target of Tory Discrimination.
EU migrant benefit plan ‘could hit thousands of young Britons’.
Reports the BBC.
Thousands of young Britons could lose the right to claim some benefits for four years as part of government plans to tighten the rules for EU migrants.
Introducing a four-year residency test for migrants is a key part of the UK’s negotiations of its EU membership.
But lawyers say applying such a test to migrants alone would breach EU laws, and the government is now considering extending the rule to all UK benefit applicants, from the age of 18.
Ministers would not discuss the plans.
This is the crunch:
Why are Britons affected?
One option is to implement a four-year residency rule for all benefit claimants. This could mean Britons, even if they had lived in the UK all their lives, from their 18th birthday would be ineligible for the benefits for four years until they reach 22.
The changes would affect working tax credits and housing benefits. About 50,000 UK citizens under the age of 22 receive tax credits. Most of them have children. The proposal is currently being discussed by ministers and senior officials.
The Mirror adds,
Thousands of young people could be blocked from claiming tax credits and housing benefit so the Tories doesn’t have to pay them to EU migrants.
The Government wants to stop people coming to the UK claiming benefits until they’ve lived in the country for four years.
But EU rules prevent governments from discriminating against migrants, so ministers are considering extending the restrictions to British workers between 18 and 22.
It’s thought as many as 50,000 British workers will be affected – many of them young parents.
Labour warned most people would find the restrictions unacceptable.
Shadow work and pensions minister Stephen Timms said the Government should consider adopting the Opposition’s plan to restrict access to benefits for new migrants for two years rather than four years.
He said this would affect fewer people if a lack of treaty change during the renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership meant the restrictions also had to apply to Britons.
According to the BBC, without treaty change – which British officials have previously confirmed may not be in place by the time of the in/out referendum promised by the end of 2017 – the Government has had to consider plans which would extend the ban to Britons to prevent “direct discrimination”.
This is an example of what happens when you start on the path of discriminating between groups of people.
It is worth noting that migrants will be hit when working.
It is unacceptable that one group of workers will get less money than another.
And that’s before we see the knock-on effect on the young.