UKIP brands migrant benefits approach “gesture politics”

UKIP's Head of Policy Unit Tim Aker has branded as "gesture politics" the government's new approach to migrant benefit claimants.

"Firstly this of course does nothing to stop anyone from inside the EU who claims to be a jobseeker coming into the UK. That's the long and short of it. Immigration matters must be tackled at the border and we can’t do that until we leave the EU,” Mr. Aker said.

He said that if the UK had control of its borders, a far more effective filter “would be to have migrants learn English before they come to the UK.”

He added: "Of course that is illegal under EU law and according to the recent Spending Review, migrants will instead be sent on taxpayer-funded language courses to learn English. It is an absurd situation."

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