New rules to stop migrants claiming Housing Benefit
The UK government is determined to cap welfare payments and to reduce immigration as part of Britain’s long-term economic plan.
Government ministers want to make sure the system is fairer for working taxpayers which feel the current system is unfair.
As such the government has declared that all new migrant jobseekers from the European Economic Area (EEA) will no longer be able to get Housing Benefit (HB) from April 2014.
From this date new EEA jobseekers will no longer be able to access Housing Benefit if they are claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA). This adds to new rules introduced in January 2014 which meant that EEA migrants will not be able to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance until they have been in the UK for three months.
A Government spokesman said “These reforms will ensure we have a fair system – one which provides support for genuine workers and jobseekers, but does not allow people to come to our country and take advantage of our benefits system “
The changes to Housing Benefit will not affect people who are genuinely self-employed or in a job.
This is all part of the UK government’s long-term economic plan to get people off benefits and into work and this ensures that migrants wanting to come to the UK do everything they can to find a job and stay in work.