Almost a third of people receiving homelessness support in London are foreign nationals, figures reveal today.
Among the 15,450 the London boroughs help are 4,490 from overseas, with hundreds coming from Europe. The estimated cost the councils bear is between £25 million and £35 million a year.*grinds teeth*
Among the changes that Mr Cameron announced last week is a plan to make migrants wait three months before claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance — at the moment they can receive it in less than a month.
Meanwhile benefits will be stopped after six months unless claimants have a genuine prospect of employment and beggars and rough sleepers from EU countries will be deported and barred from re-entry for 12 months.Well, hurrah! Who could argue that this wasn't a good thing?
Lib-Dem MP for Southwark Simon Hughes acknowledged that there was a problem with a disproportionate number of men from European states among the homeless in his constituency.
But he added: “I have asked for clarification that someone who, for a day or a week, may not have a permanent or secure place to stay, will not automatically lose their right to stay in the UK or be criminalised.”*sighs*