Conservative MEP welcomes European Court ruling on benefits

14-Jun-2016 @ 01:00

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Amjad Bashir Amjad Bashir

Amjad Bashir Amjad Bashir

The European Court of Justice has ruled today that Britain has a right to protect its public finances from benefits tourism by imposing tests on EU citizens moving there and claiming benefits.

Conservative Employment Spokesman in the European Parliament, Anthea McIntyre MEP welcomed the ruling, which rejected a challenge from the European Commission. They had questioned whether the UK's decision to introduce a “right to reside” test for a number of social security benefits such as Child benefit, Child Tax Credit and Income Support was discriminatory. However, the court today upheld the UK's argument that non-active people coming to the UK must have sufficient resources to not become a burden on the UK's social security schemes.

Speaking after today's ruling, Ms McIntyre said:

"This is a victory for the UK and for common sense. It vindicates the Prime Minister's stance, which has always been that free movement means freedom to work, not to claim benefits.

"The Commission may have attempted to dictate to Britain, but it has been put in its place by the EU's own institutions."


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