Friday, May 31, 2013

Britain to fight EU in court on benefits rules

IAIN Duncan Smith reacted with fury yesterday after the European Commission said it would take Britain to court in order to ensure EU migrants enjoy equal access to UK welfare payments.

The work and pensions secretary said he would fight “every step of the way” to maintain the current system, which imposes additional eligibility requirements on non-UK nationals who attempt to claim British benefits. He said he was willing to make the case in person at the European Court of Justice.

EU commissioner Laszlo Andor argues that the policy, introduced in 2004, is discriminatory and restricts freedom of movement. He believes all EU nationals who are in the UK should be eligible for benefits, even if they are not officially registered as resident.