Friday, 9 January 2009

How long will British voters put up with EU swindle?

The European Union is without doubt one of the greatest swindles ever perpetrated on Britain, allowing unscrupulous individuals from across the continent to rob the British taxpayer.

The British National Party makes it quite clear that it is in no way anti-Polish or anti-Eastern European (as party chairman Nick Griffin’s recent visit to Eastern Europe proved).

However, we would expect Poland or any other nation to object to British nationals living in their countries and sponging off their taxpayers. In fact, we would support Polish objections to such a practice.

So it is not anti-Polish to object to Polish nationals doing precisely that in Britain — courtesy of the EU swindle which allows the practice.

It now transpires that nearly half of Britain’s 500,000 Polish workers are expected to leave in the next few months as firms are hit by the credit crunch — but they are leaving their families here or, even worse, sending them here, to claim benefits.

A family of four immigrants pockets an average of £715 a week in Britain. This includes £500 housing benefit, £95 jobseeker’s allowance, £36 child benefit, £84 in grants including council tax credits, carer’s allowance, maternity, paternity, and learning grants.

In Poland, a similar family would get just £178. The falling value of the pound making it less economic to send money back to Poland, many immigrants are flying in more relatives to claim cash.

They are keen to take advantage of Government handouts which are four times higher than in other EU states. It has been estimated that this scheme is likely to cost the British taxpayer at least £200 million a year.

Because of EU regulations, people from EU countries who have lived in the UK for a year are entitled to claim the same benefits as those who were born here.

Urszula Jukes, owner of Polish recruitment agency Access Europe, said: “For many the answer is to bring families here where they can support them with the higher UK wages and Government support.”

Jan Mokrzycki of the Federation of Poles in Great Britain added: “We think lots of single people who come here will leave but the families will stay for as long as possible.”

Hungarian coffee shop owner Tamas Fekte, 29, who lives in Cambridge, said: “I would never move home. The benefits here are so much better.”

Tom Wlodarski, of the East of England Polish Community Organisation, said: “Families are staying on as they feel it is better to ride out the recession here in England.”

Mark Wallace, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “The British benefits system is meant to be a safety net for British nationals who have fallen on hard times.

“Instead, due to Government laxity and EU rules, it has become a honey pot tempting people to take advantage of the taxpayers’ generosity.”

Latest Home Office figures reveal 895,000 Eastern Europeans have been allowed to work in the UK since the EU expanded to include former Eastern Bloc nations — Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Of those officially registered, 199,677 are now in receipt of state handouts, including child benefit, jobseeker’s allowance and housing support.

However, the figures, which only cover up to September last year, do not take into account the economic decline of the last few months and the massive job losses it will bring. In August 2007 there were 112,000 Eastern Europeans claiming UK benefits, costing taxpayers £125 million a year.

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