PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka accuses PM of being “insulting” and “plain wrong”

Tim Lezard

pcs_logoPCS general secretary Mark Serwotka has accused the Prime Minister of scaremongering following yesterday’s speech about immigration and benefits.

David Cameron said Europeans would have to prove they are “genuinely seeking employment” to claim UK jobless benefits for more than six months, claiming the UK had become a “soft touch” under Labour.

But Mark Serwotka said: “As well as scaremongering about immigration in a desperate appeal to the worst extremes of his party, the prime minister is also furthering the lie that our welfare state is too generous.

“The facts are that the UK has one of the least generous welfare states of all major economies and people who come to this country are less likely to claim benefits than people who were born here.

“The term ‘benefit tourist’ is not only insulting, it’s plain wrong. People come here to work, pay taxes and contribute to our society, they don’t pass other countries to come to the UK to claim some of the lowest benefits on offer.

“We have a severe housing crisis but, instead of imposing the hated bedroom tax and scapegoating migrants, the very obvious answer is to build more council houses.”


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Tim Lezard

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