I have concerns about Mr Cameron’s recent announcement in regard to changing the rules so that no one can come to this country and expect to get out of work benefits immediately. The plan not to pay them for the first three months sounds good and it does deal with the issue of benefit tourism and it may deter some from coming.
The problem arises if they come anyway and can’t find legitimate work in this country. If they come to this country and are unable to find work and they receive nothing in benefits, they are then vulnerable to trafficking gangs who would exploit them.
So by addressing one important issue this policy could exacerbate another issue.
The best way to deal with both issues is to not let them into the country in the first place. But the last government signed a treaty allowing them to come in as from next year. What we need is border control and the end of complete freedom of movement across Europe. We can break the treaty and tell Barroso et al where to go, but the only certain way off addressing both these issues is by leaving the EU.