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David Cameron in bid to heal rift with Poland over migrants' benefits

January 9, 2014 3:45 AM
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David Cameron in bid to heal rift with Poland over migrants' benefits

DAVID Cameron last night sought to mend a diplomatic spat with Poland over concerns that Polish migrants are exploiting Britain’s benefits system.

She said: “On EU free movement, the Prime Minister made clear his long-standing view, reiterated in recent days, that the lack of ­transitional controls for new EU ­member states in 2004 was the wrong approach and had put pressure on communities.

“And also that we need to address the impact on countries’ benefits systems, including for example paying child ­benefit to families living abroad.

“The PM emphasised that this was a pan-EU issue relevant to all member states and people should engage with the substance of the PM’s proposals.

“Moving forward, they agreed to hold further bilateral discussions on how the UK and Poland can work together to better manage the impact of intra-EU migration on social security systems.”

Two-thirds of the 23,000 benefits claimants for children who live abroad are Poles working in the UK under EU freedom of movement rules.

They can claim £20.30 a week for the eldest child and a further £13.40 for younger siblings. “I don’t think we should be paying child benefit to their family back at home,” Mr Cameron had said earlier this week.


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