Migrant benefit claimants to face more 'robust' questions

Migrants are to be questioned about their English language skills and what efforts they have made to find work before being able to claim income-related benefits, the Government has said.

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Migrant benefit claimants to face 'more robust test'

Migrants are to be questioned about their English language skills and what efforts they have made to find work before they are able to claim income-related benefits, the Government has announced.

A more 'robust' test is to be rolled out to job centres across Wales, England and Scotland this week. Credit: Press Association

It said a "more robust" test is being rolled out at jobcentres across Wales, England and Scotland this week.

In order to pass a habitual residence test, migrants will have to answer more individually tailored questions, provide more detailed answers, and submit more evidence before they will be allowed to make a claim.

For the first time migrants will be quizzed about what efforts they have made to find work before coming to the UK and whether their English language skills will be a barrier to them finding employment.

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