Cameron in hot water over migrants plan
A pledge by British Prime Minister David Cameron to reduce the pressures on public services by migrants has run into immediate trouble amid accusations that he is "scaremongering" and exaggerating the scale of the problem.
Mr Cameron vowed to end Britain's reputation as a "soft touch" by reducing the rights of migrants. He announced that migrants who fail to learn English could lose jobless benefits.
But the latest figures suggest that, of the 2.2 million net migrants from the eight Eastern European nations that joined the EU in 2004, only 12,850 are claiming jobseeker's allowance.
Jonathan Portes, director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, described Mr Cameron's proposals as a "sideshow". (© Independent News Service)