Is the Channel 4 programme the one with the woman from Somalia who said that the £35k she gets a year in benefits for her and her five kids "wasn't enough" ?
Her English was so bad, they had to put up subtitles.
It was a good documentary, but like all the others it's all questions and no answer
I think that is the biggest problem in the UK; the number of immigrants who come here, wrongly or rightly, and sit on benefits. Ok there are some from within the EU who do claim, and due to EU laws, they can, so I'm going to exclude them from my theory. So the remaining group should not be allowed to claim a benefit until they have made a minimum contribution to the UK (I'm guessing a percentage), and have a minimum no-claim period of around 5 - 7 years. The same documentary showed the number of state assitance claims by ethnic group, and it was something like 45% for Somalians, closely followed by most other Asian ethnic groups.
I'm a non EU immigrant (cue the abuse), but one of the things I was made fully aware of was 'No recourse to public funds'; fair enough. If I want to be here, I have to support myself through work. If I can't support myself, bugger off home.
If you removed foreigners claiming assistance (from outside the EU), then you would remove about 800,000 people off the benefits list. Firstly you'd save around - oh God someone help me out on the figures as I dont know the rates of State Assistance (as a non-claimant) - a year.
Right.. next step. These newly liberalised folk are going to have two options; get off their backsides and get a job. Ok, good start. Alternatively if they won't work, they'll either starve to death (no necessarily a bad thing if they're going to cost the British tax payer a million quid in healthcare, housing, benefits etc in their lifetime), or they'll sod off home to their own country. If they do that, waiting lists will go down for healthcare and housing, there will be a smaller population (British people very happy!), and hell the government will have the savings from benefit bill. I'd like to hope they'll spend it on the usual priority things like healthcare, housing, education, and helping those less fortunate, but you and I both know they're going to use it to prop up another failing bank or on their expenses.
Its probably a good thing that a) I'm only here for five years and b) I'll never be allowed to run for government. Then again, as an immigrant, the British public would be unlikely to vote for me anyway...