welfare and public services

Don Flynn Oct 3, 2016
Gasps of faux shock greeted the parts of Jeremy Corbyn’s speech that dealt with immigration at his party’s conference last week. It shouldn’t have. In breaking with the anti-immigrant consensus he outlined an approach that will help draw much of the toxicity out of the public debate.
Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to the Labour conference last week threw a large stone into the otherwise undisturbed waters of the mainstream political consensus on immigration. His refusal to join the chorus of calls for even more draconian controls over the right to move across borders is seen by some as more evidence of how out of touch he is with the public mood.
Gracie Bradley Aug 17, 2016
We hear a lot about vulnerable migrants. We hear a lot less about what actually makes a migrant vulnerable. Can you only be vulnerable if you’re a woman, or a child, or the survivor of a traumatic experience? Is vulnerable something that only certain kinds of migrant can be?
Don Flynn Jun 20, 2016
The week opens with the shock of the brutal murder of Jo Cox still pervasive. Think about this during the final days of the referendum campaign.
    Baroness Sayeeda Warsi’s judgment of the tone of the referendum debate this morning is worth quoting at length. She said: “This kind of nudge-nudge, wink-wink xenophobic racist campaign may be politically savvy or politically useful in the short term, but it causes long-term damage to communities. “The vision that me and other Brexiters who have been involved right from the outset, who had a positive outward-looking vision of what a Brexit vote might mean, unfortunately those voices have now been stifled and what we see is the divisive campaign which has resulted in people like me and others who are deeply Euro sceptic and want to see a reformed relationship feel that they now have to leave.”
Alan Ali Jun 6, 2016
Workers’ rights seem to be one of the invisible benefits of EU free movement. They arrived as a result of the ability of people to cross borders for work. Are they an under-rated or even forgotten aspect of free movement?
You’d think a group of workers that came to this country bringing along extra rights we can all enjoy would be welcomed with open arms wouldn’t you?  Thanks to the free movement of labour rules in the EU we can all share in the right to a minimum paid annual leave entitlement; more rights for agency workers and temps; maternity leave rights and parental leave; equal pay and anti-discrimination rights Front-and-centre of debate The fact of EU workers coming to the UK in increasingly larger numbers is front-and-centre of political debate right now and the outcome could have fundamental implications for the free movement we all enjoy.
Alan Ali May 26, 2016
Claims that EU migrants see Britain’s welfare benefits as a ‘pull’ factor have been consistently demolished by study after study. But this hasn’t laid these clearly bogus claims to rest. What’s going on? - asks Alan Ali.
The government’s February deal with the EU introduced a ‘four-year ban’ on new migrants from the EU claiming in-work benefits. This is meant to counter the perceived problem of EU nationals relying on the benefits system and seeing it as an attraction to moving to Britain. But is this what’s really happening?
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