UK May Drop Benefits for Young People

August 12, 2015 Taxation in UK

LONDON – The efforts of the UK governmetn to clamp down on welfare for migrants may lead to restrictions on tax breaks for young people in the UK.

According to new information made public in a leaked document earlier this week, the government of the UK may consider dropping the eligibility of all taxpayers under the age of 22 from receiving social welfare.

Currently the government is looking to remove the eligibility of recent migrants to receive housing benefits and tax credits during the first four years of living in the country.

However, the proposal may fall afoul of EU rules against discrimination of foreign workers, and could only be implemented if UK taxpayers received the same treatment.

It is estimated that if the social benefits are dropped from those 22 and younger, then approximately 50 000 Britons will lose the assistance they currently received, with a significant portion being young single mothers.

The possibility of the removal of social benefits has already been criticized by some experts who claim that young people are already at “the bottom of the pile” and a move to remove their support will only worsen the situation.

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