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Iain Duncan Smith’s opposite number, Labour’s Rachel Reeves, has written an interesting piece on EU migrants’ access to welfare for the Mail Online, in which signals an important shift in Labour’s policy.
Last week we noted that IDS had set out that he wanted to restrict EU migrants’ access not simply to out-of-work benefits but also in-work benefits such as tax credits – something that our Research Director Stephen Booth and LSE Professor Damian Chalmers proposed in a recent Open Europe pamphlet.
Reeves sets out three proposals to reform the EU rules on access to welfare. Firstly:
“We believe that it is right to extend the period that EU jobseekers need to live and support themselves in the UK before claiming out-of-work benefits from three months to two years.”
This had been hinted at by senior Labour figures before. But, for the first time, Labour have said they also want to address in-work benefits:
“We […]

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