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EU to sue Britain over migrant benefits

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The European Union is set to take Britain to court over benefits for migrants – setting the Government on course for a battle with Brussels, Sky News reports.

The European Commission has accused Britain of discriminating against EU nationals who have been living and working in the United Kingdom.

The commission says tests applied to check if claimants are eligible for benefits are unfair.

It is expected to announce details of an “infraction” procedure against Britain, which would lead to a court case in Luxembourg.

But Iain Duncan Smith has vowed not to “cave in” to any demand to ease restrictions on migrants’ access to benefits.

A source close to the Work and Pensions Secretary said: “He will not be dictated to on what he can and cannot do.

“It is his responsibility to do all that he can to stop abuse and benefit tourism in this country.”

The EU has a standard test, which is supposed to be applied by member states to determine a migrant’s eligibility for welfare payments.

The UK applies an extra “right-to-reside” test, which the EU says is discriminatory and may have denied thousands of migrants’ access to benefits like child tax credit.

 

 

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