The aggression in recent months of the DWP in ceasing benefits for what they call, the work-shy, cheats and fraudsters is being touted as “protecting the public purse”.
In fact, the government have been painfully aware of changes in the rules that have prevented Eastern Europeans for claiming unemployment, housing and council tax benefits are being lifted from May 1st which means that there will inevitably be an influx of immigrants and what is being described as ‘benefits tourism’ from eight former Communist countries.
The only qualification for claiming benefits will be to have resided in the UK for at least three months and clearly, the country has experienced a great influx of migrants who will qualify to claim immediate benefits from next Sunday. Migrants from generally poorer nations such as Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Slovenia will, according to Professor Krystyna Iglicka, an expert in migration for the Centre for International Relations in Warsaw, “make Poles feel even more at home in Britain and it is another reason why they will never leave”.
People like Eva Katona are being told that the unemployment benefit in England is higher than a salary at home and they can “go on the dole as soon as I get there”. This 22 year old is considering moving to Britain from Budapest to work as a nanny or carer. She claims that it is not her intention to do so but feels it is “nice to have the sort of security” you would not find at home but one wonders how long it will be before Eva is jostling shoulder to shoulder with the rest of those looking for security.
The problem is that there is nothing fundamentally wrong with Eva feeling secure and being happy. The problem lies with the duplicitous government and the DWP who, in their sanctimonious way claim to protect our interests and rally the nation behind subversive claims that those in need are milking the system (something our MPs know all about) while simply marshalling our resources for what they know is coming on May 1st.
A 20 year old barman, Kamil Lesniak says he will be on his way to the UK tomorrow if the British benefits system could match his monthly income of £450 and of course at around £250 a week, young Kamil will be on £1,000 a month which is more than double what he had previously – and he doesn’t have to work for it either. He’s not at fault for wanting to better himself.
The Home Office claims that it does not know how many migrants would be attracted to Britain by the relaxation of rules but estimates it will cost £30million a year – what utter nonsense. When Britain asked about the total 30,000 Polish Nationals in this country, Poland replied that we have 800,000 (can’t remember which year) making it clear that the Home Office hasn’t got a clue so their estimates for the effects on the public purse are pure fiction or wishful thinking.
In 2008, the scale of immigration proved to be 15 times greater than government estimates, the cost of the 600 daily arrivals, 145,000 of which claim benefits costing the taxpayer £170million. This constituted a 109% increase in claimants at a time when rules were stricter and more stringent – we can only imagine what will happen once the restrictions are lifted next Sunday.
What’s interesting is that Polish Migrants UK put the current numbers of Poles in the UK at between one and two million. Official government figures are flawed because they count only those arriving at the major air terminals and do not factor in those arriving by road and through provincial airports.