in 2009 the poles keep doing the same.
2006 was 45M
2012 fxxx off
About 3 years ago, I was asked by my Polish neighbour, to help him with some forms that were written in English. The forms were applications to claim for child benefit while he was working in Ireland (he had been there for around a year). I wanted to fully understand the circumstances of the regulations regarding his right to claim for his children living here in Poland, so, I looked up the necessary rules on the English government website and also the EU website.
I found out that the regulation that allowed him to claim for child benefit was in fact an EU law.
This stated that workers who travelled to a member state could claim the same benefits that the people of the member state enjoyed.
The British government made certain conditions applicable when people from other member states came to work in the UK. The right to unemployment benefit, the right to free health care (except in an emergency), the right to job-seekers allowance, the right to housing or housing benefit would not be paid until the person concerned, had worked continually and paid tax and national insurance (ZUS) for a period of 12 months.
Obviously, someone in the Labour government had not done their homework, child benefit
is not for adults, its paid to every child who is a dependant of a person working in the UK, it is not based on any amount of earnings. If you had a salary of £100,000 a month, your children are still entitled to their child benefit. Suffice to say, that once the word went around, the workers who had travelled to the UK, the applications for this benefit, flooded in. From a couple of hundred in the first few months, to many thousands a month, and, as it was an [b]EU law
and the British obey without question, all EU laws/regulations[/b] ( they are the only country to do so), it still applies to this day.
From memory, it was costing the British taxpayer some £24 million per annum 3 years ago and the prediction was for £50-60 million per annum by 2010. Another interesting point about this benefit, is,that once you apply, it is back-dated for 3 months, so, you get 3 months more money than you thought you would get.
Every year, the newspapers drag up this story when they want to bash the economic immigrants to the UK, but the Labour government remains silent on this subject as they will never admit to having made the mistake of allowing this to happen, its too controversial and would give the anti-euro/anti immigration sceptics to much ammunition.
I have a daughter here in Poland, what can I claim?, even if there were any forms in English to advise me or help me?....nothing.
There were so many applications for this benefit in Ireland alone, that it took my neighbour some 2 years to get the money that was due to him. It came in one nice big lump, so much for the need or hardship involved for this type of payment.
Do I think that there is something wrong with the system that allows this?, yes. Do I begrudge my neighbour his ability to claim this money?, no. If the British government is stupid enough to do this and the British people who voted the Labour government into power are so complacent as to allow their taxes to be used in this way, they deserve all that they get.
You only have to read/hear your daily news to see how much financial trouble the UK is in. The wastage by the present government is phenominal, the sums of money lost are mind-boggeling and yet, nobody is to blame, nobody is responsible.(Gordon Brown has in the last few weeks promised, £100 billion towards climate change, to increase the amount the UK gives in foriegn aid, upwards from £12 million pounds a day. Every time the man makes a trip abroad he promises to give money to someone, who's money is this? How can the UK afford this?) If I hear the expression that "its a worldwide crises", once more, I will scream. Somebody started it, yet everyone else has to pay.
I have not visited the UK for 4 years now, I cannot bring myself to go there as I know it would make me so angry to see the decline of a once, great, country. The anger would be directed at the British people who allowed this to happen. All the lessons learnt from the last centuary ignored. Socialism, never works.