PRIME minister David Cameron was at University Campus Suffolk today set out a series of new measures designed to make it tougher for immigrants to claim benefits and use public services like the NHS.

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The PM used a keynote speech on immigration to warn those coming to Britain that they cannot expect “something for nothing”.

From next year, arrivals from the European Union will be stripped of jobseekers’ benefits after six months unless they can prove they have been actively looking for a job and stand a “genuine chance” of finding one.

New guidance to be introduced this spring will create a “local residence test” to give local people priority in the waiting list for social housing and ensure that migrants become eligible only after they have been in the country for two years.

Mr Cameron said the Government will also target illegal immigration – doubling the maximum fine for companies that employ illegal workers to £20,000. Illegal immigrants will be blocked from getting a driving licence and the Government is working with the financial services industry to stop them from obtaining credit cards, loans and bank accounts, he said.

And he signalled action against so-called “health tourism” that could mean non-EU nationals have to prove they hold insurance before getting care.

The NHS will be told to improve its performance on collecting fees due under reciprocal arrangements with members of the European Economic Area – the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – when their nationals are treated in the UK.

The PM said that the previous Labour government let immigration to get “far too high and badly out of control” and allowed the benefits system to become a “soft touch”.

He said: “While I have always believed in the benefits of immigration, I have also always believed that immigration has to be properly controlled.

“Without proper controls community confidence is sapped, resources are stretched and the benefits that immigration can bring are lost or forgotten.”

Mr Cameron restated the Conservative aim of bringing net migration down to the tens of thousands, and said he wanted to ensure that those who do come to the UK are “the brightest and the best”, who can contribute to the country’s economy.

What do you think about the new measures? Leave your comments below or write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN.

16 comments

  • But this still doesn't tackle mass immigration though does it? You are still keeping an open door policy. You are still not capping immigration. Why does it all have to start in January? why not now? I feel nothing will change for the better of the country and it's people if ConLabLibs are in power. It's been one lie after another. The government needs a big shake up and needs to be led by a government that has this country's only interest at heart first and foremost. And who will not allow Brussels to dictate whether or not we decide to take full action in tackling all the issues that need to be greatly sorted. That includes everything from getting out of the EU, foreign aid, immigration, re-nationalizing, a cut on taxes,petrol taxes etc. Hospitals need sorting out. Our elderly need better care. Human rights for criminals needs to be abolished. Justice system needs to be shaken up. I lost faith in Labour years ago. I lost faith in Conservative party 3 years ago.

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    peter wright

    Monday, March 25, 2013

  • Are these 'Cast Iron Promises' that we are hearing from Dave? The EU will simply not allow him to do this, they are the puppet masters who tug his strings, and he will dance to their tune. Out of EU now. Vote UKIP at every possible opportunity

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    trytobereasonable

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

  • Not nearly tough enough still. Why should people be able to come to this country and straight away get job seekers allowance? They shouldn't be aloud in UNLESS they already have a job lined up.

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    RC

    Monday, March 25, 2013

  • All they will have to do is to claim that they are self-employed (eg selling the "Big Issue") and they will be given all the benefits including child support for children back in Romania and Bulgaria (who probably don't exist).

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    Roger Baker

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

  • ITS STILL TO SOFT , TO MANY PEOPLE FROM EASTERN EUROPE AND OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE COME HERE TAKING THE MICKY OUT OF US ,, THEY SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST £5,000 TO PUT IN A BANK ACCOUNT ALONG WITH MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR 5 YEARS AND A JOB TO GO TO ..

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    MIGUEL100

    Monday, March 25, 2013

  • David Cameron still have this so very wrong. Why should anyone who has never paid a penny into the system get anything at all, let alone 6 months BEFORE being stripped of it. No! No! No! I accept entirely that Immigration is essential to this country, the NHS would not work without it, but immigration must be monitored and it must be controlled. Count them in, count them out. How could any local authority make plans to deal with immigration numbers, when it has absolutely no idea who's coming, or who's going. Open border uncontrolled immigration with the EU is not acceptable, not sustainable and with the current shortage of low skilled employment opportunities, its no wonder youth unemployment continues to rise. Pressure will increase yet further on schools and services next year with the peoples of Romania and Bulgaria being given the green light to come to the UK without controls. UKIP is the only trustworthy party on this issue, and I will be giving them my vote, we must leave the EU now.

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    Fat Lady Sings

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

  • Populist policy, he'll do a u turn again like many other times when the occasion demands. cant trust anything he says anymore

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    mally

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

  • Maybe this new policy will help clear up "cesspit" Ipswich and make Norwich Road not a place that you don't feel intimdated walking down ! It should be like Australia 2 year working visa and you must have a qualified trade or professional qualification and not just a free meal ticket and milk our benefits and NHS

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    the opinion man

    Monday, March 25, 2013

  • Go to any comments section of any newspaper, even the Guardian and the Independent which are generally considered "left leaning" and the majority of comments entered by the "ordinary people" echo the comments made here; it seems that the vast majority of voters are sickened by and fed up with the LibLabCon parties all of which have allowed mass migration changing the face of England in less than 40 years. It doesnt seem to have dawned on newspaper owners that the editorial stance taken by them, which is at best neutral on the subject, at worst positively enthusiastic about allowing in more migrants is wholly at odds with the vast majority of their own readerships.

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    Steve Blake

    Monday, March 25, 2013

  • Don't get too excited by David Camerons tough talking PM on EU migrants, it will never happen. This is just to distract us from voting for UKIP in the elections. Don't be fooled by his rhetoric, Cameron will toe the EU line,and do as his Brussels pay masters tell him. The only good thing I can see, is that the LibLabCon parties are finally waking up to the fact that we, the British public have had enough of the "Don't do as I do. Do as I say", idiots we have elected

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    peter wright

    Monday, March 25, 2013

  • Until we start acting like the French, looking after No. 1 incl. repatriating without EU permission, I don't think there will be any improvement. We are "controlled" too much by EU laws for anything effective to happen.

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    DALINE

    Monday, March 25, 2013

  • People bring their family's here for a better life and safer environment ,food& medical attention & we should feel enriched by providing it for them,it heightens tremendous sense of well being to be so giving,I look forward to meeting Our Romanian friends .

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    Zobadee

    Monday, March 25, 2013

  • Just more empty promises now he's got UKIP breathing down his neck.

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    Tony G

    Monday, March 25, 2013

  • Our country is over populated with the wrong people. They have caused the average wage for many jobs to be reduced there by making it harder to earn a living wage. For example, a job which I used to get paid £105 a day for, is now only being offered at £85 a day.

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    Kevin Smith

    Monday, March 25, 2013

  • Rightly or wrongly it would appear that many people feel that immigrants get a better deal than those who have lived here all their lives, especially in respect of financial support.

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    DALINE

    Monday, March 25, 2013

  • @RC - People AREN'T entitled to come here and get job-seekers' allowance. EU rules already say that they're only allowed to stay here if they're working, studying or self-sufficient. Don't believe UKIP's lies.

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    beerlover

    Monday, March 25, 2013

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