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calendar   Saturday - October 04, 2014

gee, everyone wants a piece of britain these days

Well how’s this for chutzpah?

OK, in English, shameless audacity; impudence.

I really don’t think anything can come of it, but isn’t it interesting what govts. and countries will run to lawyers for these days?

Poland , it is reported, wants more than £10 million (pounds), in American dollars that’s $15,973,881, in unemployment benefits for migrants who have left England.

Here’s the story. Some of you might have fun with this one.

Poles demand millions from Britain to pay their benefits: Eastern European governments want cash for returning migrants

Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia demanding UK cash for jobless citizens
Told Britain to pay more than £10m in unemployment benefits to migrants
Czech labour minister said UK owed country £3m in benefits under EU rules
Iain Duncan Smith’s department has already paid £800,000 under these rules

By Tamara Cohen

Britain has been told to pay more than £10 million in unemployment benefit to eastern European migrants who have left Britain, returned home and now cannot find a job.

Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have demanded that Iain Duncan Smith’s department funds their jobless citizens because they once worked and paid national insurance in the UK.

His department has refused because the migrants had not worked in the UK long enough to claim, but the three countries have threatened to issue a diplomatic protest.

Czech labour minister Michaela Marksova-Tominova said Britain owed her country £3million in these benefits under European Union rules.

Britain has already paid £800,000 under these rules, but she is writing to Mr Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, demanding another £2.2million.

Barbora Petrova of the Slovakian labour ministry said her government was seeking £4.9million from Britain in outstanding unemployment benefits, while Poland is making a multi-million-pound claim but has not revealed the exact figure.

It is understood the three countries’ ambassadors have demanded a meeting with Sir Ivan Rogers, the British permanent representative to the EU, to issue an official diplomatic protest.

Mrs Marksova-Tominova said: ‘I expect this meeting to resolve the situation.’

If not, the situation could escalate when Mr Duncan Smith attends a meeting of EU employment ministers next month. An EU agreement means that citizens of one country who work in another are entitled to out-of-work benefits if they have paid national insurance for a certain period.

In the UK the threshold is two years, but in other European countries it is as low as six months.

The three countries claim the situation began two years ago when the rules in the UK changed. If they succeed in getting the money, it could open the doors to claims from other European countries – many of which have high unemployment rates.

A spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions said: ‘This Government does not pay benefits to someone in another country when they would not have been eligible for them in the UK. We are working with our counterparts across Europe on this issue.’

Andrew Rosindell, the Tory MP for Romford said: ‘I find this astonishing. People who come here to work should only be paid benefits if they have fully paid into the system for a long time.

‘If they are entitled to go home and then claim more than British citizens can, then the system needs looking at.’

Jonathan Isaby, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘Britain must of course meet legal requirements, but the Government needs to push Brussels to address this ludicrous situation before any more taxpayers’ money is wasted.

‘Taxpayers here will be baffled that it’s apparently their responsibility to pay benefit bills in foreign countries.’

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