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Govt to deny housing benefit to jobless immigrants

Unemployed immigrants will be prevented from claiming housing benefit under plans put forward by senior ministers in a bid to prevent people exploiting the UK's welfare state, the Government announced. Restrictions will come into force in April.

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Clegg: Jobless immigrants 'have no right' to benefits

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has told Daybreak the coalition is united behind plans to prevent unemployed immigrants from claiming housing benefit.

The Liberal Democrat leader said:

This is something that we have agreed across the Government.

I think it is right to say to people who are coming here to look for work from elsewhere in the European Union 'You have a right to look for work but you don't have a right to claim benefits, no questions asked, no strings attached, from day one.'

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