MP to take up case of York men refused benefits due to new immigration rules

York Central MP Hugh Bayley

York Central MP Hugh Bayley

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A GOVERNMENT Minister has agreed to take up the case of two York men who were refused JobSeekers’ Allowance (JSA) after returning from working abroad.

The Press reported recently how British-born Tim Hall, who has lived in Acomb almost all his life, had been hit by new rules aimed at preventing EU migrants from taking advantage of the benefits system.

The 26-year-old went on a four-month internship to Brussels last autumn to build on his skills and improve his career prospects, but found on his return he was barred from claiming the benefit because he was not considered to be “habitually resident in the UK”.

York Central MP Hugh Bayley has now raised his case, and that of another York man, Simon Pollintine, in the Commons.

The MP said Mr Pollintine, 36, formerly of Haxby, but now of Fishergate, returned to the UK last September after living and working in Italy for nine years.

He became unemployed in December, but had not received any JSA, while Jobcentre Plus continued to make inquiries to see whether he satisfied the habitual residence test.

Mr Bayley asked Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith: “Did the Government mean to penalise UK citizens who go abroad to get off the UK unemployment register, and is not that exactly the wrong signal to give? Will the Secretary of State change the regulations?”

Mr Duncan Smith said the Government was bringing forward tougher sanctions on people who come to Britain just to take benefits, rather than to work.

He said: “Of course, British citizens working abroad are more likely to have gone abroad with a strong work record in the UK, so when they come back that is taken into account.

“If the honourable gentleman is worried about a particular case, perhaps he would like to write to me and I will take it up.”

Mr Bayley claimed later in a letter to the Minister that the Government had “botched” the new rules, so British citizens would now lose the right to benefits when they came home after working abroad, even though many of them had paid taxes and national insurance in the UK for years.

He said: “It is quite wrong to penalise them for using their initiative to find jobs abroad.”

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10:44am Wed 26 Feb 14

roskoboskovic says...

why isn t bayley taking up the case of local disabled people being denied ESA by the abhorrent ATOS. there must be hundreds in the york area fighting against the deeply flawed criteria who feel as if their pleas for assistance are going unheard.this corrupt FRENCH company are being paid millions of pounds in incentives and bonuses to deprive many deserving people their rightful money.come on bayley get your priorities right.
why isn t bayley taking up the case of local disabled people being denied ESA by the abhorrent ATOS. there must be hundreds in the york area fighting against the deeply flawed criteria who feel as if their pleas for assistance are going unheard.this corrupt FRENCH company are being paid millions of pounds in incentives and bonuses to deprive many deserving people their rightful money.come on bayley get your priorities right. roskoboskovic
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11:05am Wed 26 Feb 14

TheTruthHurts says...

I hope the guy isnt engaged when Bayley calls......... else that could be the end of that
I hope the guy isnt engaged when Bayley calls......... else that could be the end of that TheTruthHurts
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6:40pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Digeorge says...

roskkosbooskic check the Benefits and Work website or sign up for their latest news on ATOS re the above, you might be pleasantly surprised but it isn't Hugh Bayley that has done it and I wouldn't rely on him!

But the words Hugh Bayley are 'habitually resident'. If he isn't 'habitually resident' then he hasn't got a chance. And so they should be rules. Rules are rules.
roskkosbooskic check the Benefits and Work website or sign up for their latest news on ATOS re the above, you might be pleasantly surprised but it isn't Hugh Bayley that has done it and I wouldn't rely on him! But the words Hugh Bayley are 'habitually resident'. If he isn't 'habitually resident' then he hasn't got a chance. And so they should be rules. Rules are rules. Digeorge
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8:00pm Wed 26 Feb 14

gwen4me says...

Something had to be done about the large number of people abusing the benefits system. It was never going to be popular.
Something had to be done about the large number of people abusing the benefits system. It was never going to be popular. gwen4me
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1:57am Thu 27 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

gwen4me wrote:
Something had to be done about the large number of people abusing the benefits system. It was never going to be popular.
abusing is one thing... however the reforms are just a blanket cop-out to try and get as many people as possible off the system, including those who do actually need the benefits. And on the thought of abusing the system, what about the huge losses the treasury are making when big companies decide to shoft all their profits to another country so as to say their UK arm 'made no profit' and so doesn't pay any tax? or what about the £40,000,000 that ian Duncan Smith has wasted to date on some computers that don't work....?

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It says a lot though when UK people are having to go overseas to find work.
[quote][p][bold]gwen4me[/bold] wrote: Something had to be done about the large number of people abusing the benefits system. It was never going to be popular.[/p][/quote]abusing is one thing... however the reforms are just a blanket cop-out to try and get as many people as possible off the system, including those who do actually need the benefits. And on the thought of abusing the system, what about the huge losses the treasury are making when big companies decide to shoft all their profits to another country so as to say their UK arm 'made no profit' and so doesn't pay any tax? or what about the £40,000,000 that ian Duncan Smith has wasted to date on some computers that don't work....? --- It says a lot though when UK people are having to go overseas to find work. Magicman!
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