More than £2billion is being claimed in benefits by foreigners every year, including thousands of illegal immigrants, figures reveal.

The Department for Work and Pensions announced a fraud investigation last night after it emerged 5,000 illegals claimed handouts worth £42million to which they are not entitled.

Ministers acted after the first-ever study of claimants’ nationality, which found 371,000 foreign nationals are on out-of-work benefits.

The study by the DWP found 6 per cent of all benefit claimants were foreign nationals when the data was collected in February last year.

Of those claiming benefits, 258,000 were from outside the European Economic Area, which includes the 27 EU countries as well as Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

But a follow-up exercise found 2 per cent of all claims by foreign nationals were made by those without the immigration status to justify the payments.

The DWP said last night: ‘Two per cent of cases appeared to have no lawful immigration status and the legitimacy of their status for benefit purposes is being investigated.

‘The DWP is co-ordinating with UK Border Agency to review the small number of cases where it appears benefit is being claimed illegitimately.

‘Where this is the case, benefit will be stopped and enforcement activity considered.’

Employment Minister Chris Grayling said: ‘It is not acceptable that people from other countries can claim our benefits if they have not worked or paid tax in the UK.

‘We will root out those claimants who cannot prove their immigration status and in turn they will be stripped of their benefits.’

Immigration Minister Damian Green said: ‘These findings uncover a worrying issue we have inherited, which is why we’ve ordered urgent work to pursue claimants suspected of abuse and to withdraw their benefits if they cannot prove they are entitled to claim.’

According to the figures, 54 per cent of non-EEA claimants went on to secure British citizenship. But the survey also suggests many are moving to the UK to take advantage of our generous benefits system.

Last year £35billion was paid to 5.5million people in out-of-work benefits, including Jobseeker’s Allowance, Incapacity Benefit and its replacement Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Disability Living Allowance, Carer’s Allowance and Bereavement benefit. Of that, 6 per cent, or £2.1billion, goes to foreigners.

Under current rules, those given leave to enter or remain in the UK may be eligible for income-related benefits, including anyone granted refugee status, exceptional leave to enter or remain, or Humanitarian Protection.

EEA nationals with ‘worker status’ who have left their job but are looking for alternative work are eligible for income-related benefits.

Those who can demonstrate they are seeking work are eligible for Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Robert Oxley, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: ‘With billions at stake the proper controls need to be in place to prevent benefit tourism from swallowing up taxpayers’ money.

Taxpayers will rightly worry the rules designed to prevent benefit tourists are steadily being eroded by a meddlesome EU, leaving Britain to pick up a bigger welfare bill than it needs to.’

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  • Anonymous

    Oh great, the UK authorities discover yet again that illegal immigrants and other foreigners are abusing their welfare system. Of course, duh! Allow social benefits to be used by all and sundry and you can expect people with no allegiance to your Nation to abuse it. Common sense really, which isn’t really that common but never mind.

    Now that this injustice against the tax payers has been spotted, what is going to be done about it? Are these abusers going to be deported? Ah…no! That would be against their human dignity and the right to quality of life. What about prison sentences then? Ah, once again…no! That would keep them away from their families and unfairly punish them for simply trying to add to the diversity of the Nation. In other words, obviously a wrong thing to even suggest trying. 

    So…what to do, what to do? Ah, I know, let the UK try and plead with them, try and coax them with more freebies to join British Society. Yes, that will work! Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner?! It’s all so simple. The obvious and correct response to foreigners abusing your welfare system is to make them feel at home by giving them extra free stuff. A sure fire winner!

  • Anonymous

    In 1555 ad the first blacks arrived in London, mainly slaves with a few freed blacks. By 1601 ad there were an estimated 20,000 blacks in England, centred around the big cities – mainly London and Liverpool. Parliament informed Queen Elizabeth I that constituents were complaing about the presence of these blacks – that people (whites) felt uncomfortable around them (the blacks).  QEI then signed a proclomation ordering the removal of ALL blacks back to the colonies. All blacks were then duly relocated. There was no significant number of blacks in England between then and the middle of the 20th Century, when the post WWII Labour government ‘opened the floodgates’ to blacks and asians from the former colonies. Britain has gone downbank ever since. What we need is a Prime Minister with the type of patriotism and determination that the Elizabethans took for granted. Sadly, I dont see one on the horizon. For any Americans reading this – David Cameron (current leader of the UNconservative Party) is a SOPPY LIBERAL!. Just thought I’d get that off my chest. thanks.

    • Anonymous

      Good Lord man! I could live with the blacks until a solution is found.  There is no solution for the  muslims who are raping your women, destroying your property and adulterating your culture and will ultimately take over your land. And you did not mention them once. Where the blacks have only one wife on welfare, the muslims place four there. They do not have to work giving more time to create more mayhem which hastens the day when England will be no more.

      • In America, Somoolian “refugees” are muzzie polygamists with many wives and children on welfare.

      • Anonymous

        You’re quite right, muslims are a problem. They started to arrive with the blacks just after WWII. One of the problems that we have at the moment (especially in the north – places like sheffield, leeds, manchester, liverpool where there are high concentrations of them) is gangs of muslim males grooming white girls (many under 16!) for sex. In fact the problem got so bad that last year Liverpool Police requested that the media NOT report a string of cases that were appearing before liverpool crown court. The MSM dutifully complied, though it was reported locally. We have also had militant gangs of muslims actually setting up “Sharia Contolled Zones” in our larger cities – they do this by putting up posters on walls and lamp-posts specifying what is and what is not aceeptable behaviour according to Sharia. So, what is the solution?..there are at least 1.6 million muslims in the UK!. I suspect any solution is going to be messy; to quote Enoch Powell, who quoted Virgil, “..and as I looked upon the river Tiber I saw it foaming with much blood”(or words to that effect).

        • Anonymous

          I suspect that a civil war will be the solution. It is difficult to see through to the light at the end of the tunnel. You have to wade through the liberal/socialist leadership at the British level and then you have to deal with the EU leadership, neither of which is on the side of the native population. A sad state of affairs indeed. Churchill had a good grasp on the evils of Islam. It would be great if somebody like him would show up to lead the charge!

          • Anonymous

            Oh how I wish for a Churchill type politician to appear in British politics!. Not going to happen though; believe me, today’s politicians – of all parties – are literal intellectual pygmies compared to Churchill, not even one tenth of that great man!. I suspect that civil war will, indeed, be the only solution. This will probably lead to some kind balkanisation within the UK – whites in one region and non-whites and muslims in another region. Be a great shame, but that is the inevitable consequence of multiculturalism; the fact is, wanting to be with your own kin is one of the most fudamental needs in human nature – and a perfectly healthy instinct. I hate the left for what they have done to this country. 

  • Anonymous

    I watched a documentary about illegal immigrants in Europe and they pretty much all were heading to the UK, can you blame them when the govt. is just handing out free money basically. How much more can indigenous UK people put up with this, they are being robbed.

  • Pauldrimmer

    The number of black & asian kids in our schools is exploding and surprise,surprise they receive free meals. We feed, they breed. Meanwhile their parents are having a wonderful life of leisure. We pay, they play. Politically they are on the march acquiring more power. We rollover, they takeover. ‘It is like watching a nation building its own funeral pyre’ said Enoch.

  • Anonymous

    Churchill was also an astute historian. He knew well the war-like nature of the germanic peoples; it was the Romans, after all, who coined the term German – it’s latin for ‘war-men’. It might be true to say that the world would be a better place for whites had Hitler won WWII, no non-whites or non-christians throughout europe that’s for sure. However, Hitler’s top-down, statist, socialist ideology would have been completely at odds with the political instincts of the British people – that instinct being rooted in anglo-protestantism. The westminster confessions captures the essence of anglo-protestantism perfectly, making national-socialism a completely alien ideology. The ideal situation would have been to win WWII (which we did, albeit only just, and with American help) and to keep the UK white and christian. This very nearly happened; Churchill wanted to adopt the slogan ‘Keep England White’, but was defeated by the post WWII Labour government, who subsequently opened the floodgates to all and sundry. Which is why I’ve never voted Labour, and never will do. In fact, I think I actually hate them!.

    • I always thought “Germania” in the Latin derived from the word meaning “neighbor.”

      • Anonymous

        I’ve just checked it out on google translate and neighbour is proximus. I also checked out war-men and it’s viri bellatores. Germania just comes up as german. Despite my dodgy latin, everything else in my post is sustantially correct, but thank you anyway for motivating me to look into it to stop me making the same mistake again.

  • Anonymous

    PLEASE view below  the photos of the black and hispanics (the media callED them
    INDIANS) who beat 23 yr old kevin klaas to death in philly saturday for
    sport

    http://www.examiner.com/christian-living-in-philadelphia/old-city-beating-death-suspects-picture

  • Anonymous

    Ideally, all we would have to do is win the ideological argument. And, of course, building a large constituency is a good start – certainly, sites like Amren and Majority Rights are good building blocks. But what if the pen(cil) isn’t sharp enough these days, or what if the pen contains ink but there is no paper?. I notice that YouTube have pulled Jared Taylor’s ‘White Identity’ promo – Mr Taylor had the pen, had the ink, but there’s no paper!. I think that in today’s media culture (which is overwhelminly liberal – think BBC, MSNBC etc) with all of their censoeship of anything which even smacks of ‘conservative’, never mind ‘identity politics’, the pen might not be enough. Besides, even if we convinced every single white person in the white west that there long term happiness and very survival lies in a restoration of white culture (and there are many deluded white liberals who would disagree), what do we do with the non-whites?. Ask them to leave?. There’s too many of them. And you are completely correct that the marxists are well ahead, they have all the paper! – manistream media, hollywood, universities, even the schools!. I am not a violent person, but I just cant see it ending without at least a bit of ‘push & shove’, unfortunately.