9:47 AM, 15th September 2014, About 10 years ago 10
One of my properties in a dodgy area has now got what the letting agents tell me is a excellent tenant, a Polish single mum in her twenties, who is looking after the property very well. She has just had her Housing Benefit stopped because of changes in entitlement of EU citizens. She has lived in the UK since she was 16 old as she came here with her mum, who has now returned to Poland. I am reasonably relaxed about the situation for now, as having someone living there is good news for the security of the property, which was the subject of a boiler, copper pipe and wiring theft and has now been nicely repaired and redecorated. I am told that she is keen to stay and will get a job to pay the rent and re-establish entitlement to benefits if she has to. The agent is of the view that she will be a hard worker who will do anything to make a living, unlike many of her British neighbours 😀
My question is, can anyone advise me of the likely outcome of her appeal (loads of rallying-round by her support worker Jobcentre staff to help with this, apparently). We are under the impression that the restriction on Housing Benefit being paid to EU citizens should not apply to someone who has been here that long and has a child (presumably born in the UK).
And yes, I too wonder why the caring professions are so keen to help someone from elsewhere claim taxpayers’ money far more than they would a native Brit, but that is a discussion for another time and place!