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I can see a number of issues with that idea

- This ‘qualifying period’ would have to be 2 years to allow 18 year old UK citizens access to benefits. 2 years is not long enough to put people off. A tough 2 years then a lifetime of benefits seems a small price to pay.

- benefit tourism is a small proportion of EUers. Most will work so the numbers coming will still be high

- UK gov couldn’t prevent access to schools and NHS through this approach so the criticism that school places and doctors appointments are being taken would still be there

- it could not be applied retroactively so was too late when Cameron’s renegotiation, and Blair obs wouldn’t have done this is 2004

- it’s clearly a ‘hack’ to get around the spirit of the EU’s rules. A Guardian journo would press the gov on what the point of this was and the gov would have to squirm / defend it. Labour would pull out some UK citizen who fell through the cracks and is impacted by this law. 

...and I’m sure there are other unintended consequences that I didn’t think of within 5 mins of reading that proposal

Tax credits blurs benefits and works.

Most of the Schleps and Romanian mini markets will have 15+ part time women on the books, with kids, claiming about 20k+ each in cash benefits before the cost of schooling and healthcare are taken into account.

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Most of the Schleps and Romanian mini markets will have 15+ part time women on the books, with kids, claiming about 20k+ each in cash benefits before the cost of schooling and healthcare are taken into account.

Indeed, and if they were allowed to work but prevented from claiming TC or UC their income wouldn't be viable on its own and Labour/Guardian would be screaming 'nasty Tories' and showing emotive images of begging children on UK streets.

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