London: Under plans to make Britain’s regime the toughest in the world, immigrants will no longer be able to ‘jump the queue’ for housing, a Tory minister has said.
Ahead of a speech by the Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday, immigration minister Mark Harper suggested people will find it much harder to claim benefits shortly after arriving in Britain.
According to the Telegraph, Cameron is expected to unveil plans to stop immigrants getting council houses for up to five years after they come to Britain.
They will also be forced to pay for visiting their family doctor and using other NHS services.
He told Sky News that immigrants from the EU must feel like they are contributing to British society, rather than simply taking, the report said.
Harper said the government is considering forcing immigrants to deposit “cash bonds” that will be returned only when they return to their home countries, the report added.
The move comes amid public fears about an influx of Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants when restrictions on their right to live in Britain are lifted next year.