Post by R. Mark Clayton Post by harry
That is because Gordon Browne allowed in work benefits without any
qualification period (of work or residence) and amazingly subsequent
governments have not seen fit to correct this [deliberate] mistake.
A residency rule would be illegal under EU rules (more specifically if it
did exist would have to treat EU citizens the same as Brits)
A working period qualification would be ideal, but very difficult to
introduce retrospectively after the world of business has dumbed down all
their jobs to take advantage of the governments' previous largess.
It's impossible to go back from where we are IMHO (I would love to be wrong)