Debate Magazine

Throwing the Baby out with the Bathwater

Posted on the 11 August 2015 by Markwadsworth @Mark_Wadsworth

From the BBC:
What is the government doing?
Ministers want EU migrants to live in the UK for four years before they can claim benefits. However, without EU treaty change such a move could be deemed discriminatory and breach EU law.

Not a problem, says the government, let's kill two birds with one stone and f--- over some random group of younger people as well, few of them bother voting and those that do certainly don't vote for us.
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.

And as we well know, it was the 18 to 22 age group which caused the financial crisis... seven or eight years ago.

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

Paperblog Hot Topics