The debate has become an increasingly depressing one for supporters of free movement, with the UK's major parties seemingly in an arms race in their anti-immigration rhetoric…
From 1 January 2015 all EEA jobseekers have to wait for 3 months before they can get income-based JSA. This will make sure that only people who have a clear commitment to the UK and plan to contribute to the economy have access to our welfare system.
After 3 months, jobseekers will also have to take a stronger, more robust Habitual Residence Test if they want to claim income-based JSA.
If they pass the Habitual Residence Test, EEA jobseekers will then only be able to get JSA for 6 months. After 6 months, only those who have a job offer or compelling evidence that they have a genuine chance of finding work will be able to continue claiming.
1. What are the New Rules of Housing Benefits?
2. European Court of Justice Pros and Cons
3.Understanding UK and EU Social Benefits laws
4.Are EU migrants entitled to the same benefits as citizens of the host country?
5. The possible scale of discrimination
6. What is the likely outcome?