Romford MP Andrew Rosindell backs government EU benefits clamp down
19:00 19 February 2014
Romford MP Andrew Rosindell took to national television to back the government’s initiative to restrict EU migrants’ access to welfare.
Speaking on ITV’s Daybreak this morning, the 47-year-old thinks the step is long overdue as it will stop people coming to live in Britain for a “holiday.”
From March 1 migrants from EU countries will have to earn enough to contribute national insurance before they can claim benefits.
Conservative MP Mr Rosindell said: “I’m sure Romford and Havering people are going to be pleased to see people contributing.
“The threshold is still quite low and it’s long overdue.
“People shouldn’t just be coming here on holiday, they should be contributing to society. If they don’t like it, they don’t have to come.”
You need to earn around £150 a week to pay national insurance - which works out at around 24 hours a week at the current minimum wage.
Talking to presenters Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones, Mr Rosindell thinks people should contribute to the economy before taking from it.
He said: “We can’t take the whole world in this country and pay for their benefits.
“I don’t blame them for wanting to come here for better jobs, but if there are no jobs available, then they shouldn’t be coming to this country and just claiming benefits.”