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Welsh MEP says UK Govt should stop whining and use existing powers to clamp down on benefit abuse

Responding to today's European Court of Justice ruling on migration and benefits, Labour MEP for Wales Derek Vaughan called on the government to use existing powers to clamp down on abuse, and stop claiming nothing can be done.

Mr Vaughan said:

"I welcome today’s ECJ ruling denying benefits to migrants who go to another country expressly to claim benefits. It demonstrates yet again the dishonesty of UKIP claims that EU member states have no influence over these matters.

Nor is there any evidence for the existence of “benefit tourism” on any widespread scale. In fact only a tiny minority of EU migrants receive state benefits. This exposes the Tory-UKIP myth, invented for the sake of their own political ends, with no regard for the truth or the social fabric of Wales.

Most people who come to Wales do so to work hard and contribute to the UK tax system. For the few who seek to abuse the system, today’s ruling demonstrates what has always been the case: strong powers already exist to prevent that.

Both Germany and Belgium are already using such powers; the UK Government needs to do the same."

 

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