Giving migrants benefits too soon – more wastage within the Welfare State
Is it any wonder that the UK is nothing more than a seething mess these days. The UK has had a rather liberal migration program for maybe 10-20 years. It is not only “refugees” but also the “economic” migrants that have been moving into the U.K. This migration has been straining the Welfare state, and is more than likely a good part of the cause of the high budget deficit.
What stands out in this story is not what Margaret Hodge promises – because the promises of politicians are meaningless at the best of times – but the fact that she says that the “boil of resentment” needs to be lanced.
So what is causing the resentment? Here is where the story outlines what must be considered further government wastage when it comes to “largess”. A recent poll indicated that 65% of voters believe that new arrivals get favourable treatment over housing and benefits. The poll showed that a third of voters support the core ideas of the BNP proposing that ethnic minorities should lose all state benefits including NHS treatment to pay for a resettlement policy for those wishing to leave the country.
Now here is the kicker: Migrants currently have the right to claim in-work benefits, such as tax credits, if they have a job. Those who have come from the EU must spend a year in Britain and then claim the same level of support as any citizen – they get the same treatment for income support, jobseekers allowance, housing benefit and council tax benefit. The most controversial part is that British taxpayers are funding as many as 50,000 children of migrant workers, even though the youngsters still live in their home countries.
These migrant workers flock to Britain because of the generosity of the British handouts – they are much higher than in other countries, especially Eastern European countries.
The Hodge proposal (which is really just hot air) is to strip benefits from immigrants who have not been contributing to society for a fixed period. The trouble is that the Labour-left in the UK would never allow such a proposal to move forward.
By not policing these handouts so that they are directed to the genuinely disadvantaged, the U.K. has allowed a situation that could have been controlled to fester. Certainly, the giving of benefits should be on a case by case basis, and at the very least there should be a sunset clause on how long the benefits will last. Otherwise you end up with thousands of immigrants coming to the UK knowing that they do not have the skills to get jobs, and knowing that after a year it does not matter anyway – they can cry poor and get benefits from the government. In the meantime, since they have not contributed to the tax system the budget deficit continues to rise unabated.