Britain ‘too generous’ with welfare payments to EU immigrants

Theresa May is told by Brussels that Britain is to blame for benefit abuse by EU immigrants because British welfare is “too generous”

Bruno Waterfield
The Telegraph [UK]
05 Dec 2013

Britain’s welfare system is “too generous” and any abuse of benefits by EU migrants is the fault of the British authorities who pay out too much, too easily to claimants, the European Commission has said.

Viviane Reding, EU justice commissioner, on Thursday dismissed Theresa May’s pleas for changes to EU free movement rules, telling the Home Secretary that only Britain was to blame for any abuses of benefit system by European nationals.

Using distinctly undiplomatic language, the commissioner, who has refused to contemplate any tightening of EU rules before Romania and Bulgaria have free movement rights next month, made an astonishing attack on Britain’s welfare system.

“It seems that some national systems are too generous. Don’t blame the commission or EU rules for national choices and national regulatory systems,” she said…


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