EU migrants who come to the UK from New Year’s Day onwards will be barred from claiming benefits for five years.
Child benefit rules will also be overhauled so workers will no longer receive money for children living outside the UK.
Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey (pictured) will confirm today that new arrivals from the Continent will face the same rules as those coming to Britain from the rest of the world
Announcing changes promised by the Tories before last year’s general election, Miss Coffey said: ‘We have delivered on our manifesto commitment to restore fairness in access to our welfare system by treating EU and non-EU migrants equally. It is both right and fair that people making the UK their home should pay into the tax system for a reasonable period of time before they can access the benefit system.’
Until tomorrow night, when the UK’s Brexit transition period ends, EU migrants could claim income-related benefits within their first year here.
Brexit gives the Government the power to change the rules so all migrants arriving from January 1 are treated the same.
EU nationals already living in Britain and those from Ireland will not be affected. Before the June 2016 Brexit referendum, the Government revealed there were 32,000 children of EU nationals who were receiving child benefit payments while living overseas. Brexit means the country is able to get rid of the payments altogether for new arrivals.
Until tomorrow night, when the UK’s Brexit transition period ends, EU migrants could claim income-related benefits within their first year here. Brexit gives the Government the power to change the rules so all migrants arriving from January 1 are treated the same. Pictured: Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking on December 24 announcing a deal with the EU had been reached
Miss Coffey said: ‘New Year’s Day sees the end of free movement and fairer benefit rules coming into force for new EU migrants.’
A points-based immigration system will come into effect. Migrants from the Continent will have to speak English and have a job offer. Low-skilled immigration will become virtually impossible.
Instead, EU migrants’ chances of getting a work visa will be the same as for applicants from elsewhere.