- Polish Express created guide for how to bag the best benefits when in UK
- Features sections on every type of welfare and image of money on a tree
- Critics have blasted it as ‘encouraging’ out of work migrants to head here
- 111,000 Polish National Insurance requests registered in Britain last year
Migrants heading to Britain from Poland have been given a 20-page guide on how to bag the most lucrative benefits from our welfare system.
The Polish Express newspaper provided its readers with a glossy manual detailing what steps to take to make sure they were given the highest possible amount of financial help upon arriving in the UK.
It features cartoon men and woman with information detailing each type of handout available.
The Polish Express newspaper provided its readers with a glossy manual (pictured) detailing what steps to take to make sure they were given the highest possible amount of financial help upon arriving in the UK
The ‘benefits home page’ describes the British benefits system as the ‘best developed’ in Europe
There are drawings of a plate piled high with banknotes and a man smiling beside a tree where the leaves have been replaced with pound signs.
It also has sections dedicated to universal credit, housing benefit and jobseeker’s allowance.
Critics have blasted it as almost being an ‘encouragement’ for out of work Poles to head to Britain.
Tory MP Peter Bone told The Sun: ‘What this shows is that Polish people are being encouraged to come to the UK because of our very generous welfare system.
It features cartoon men and woman with information detailing each type of handout available – with its contents page showing what appears to be a tree with money growing on it
The Jobseeker’s Allowance page tells claimants they do not need to pay social security contributions to can apply and there is also no time limit in which it is paid
The Universal Credit explains that the system was created for ‘several reasons’. It explains ‘first of all, it seeks to encourage the unemployed to seek work’
‘The only way we’re going to regain control of our borders is by coming out of the EU.’
The Polish Express has a weekly circulation of around 75,000. It is also read by thousands of people online.
Its handy benefits guide includes an editor’s letter which describes welfare in the UK as ‘particularly interesting.’
There is also a drawing of a plate piled high with banknotes on a page entitled: ‘On what benefits can you count on in the UK?’
The guide book also has sections dedicated to universal credit, housing benefit and jobseeker’s allowance. It poses the question – Who can count on the Housing Benefit ? Housing benefit may apply to everyone – both working and unemployed who needs help paying rent.
The child benefit’s page explains that ‘the allowance is paid usually every 4 weeks, at a designated bank account, although in some cases (when a parent also gets other benefits), it can also be paid every week’
More than 111,000 Polish National Insurance requests were registered in Britain in 2015 with roughly 600,000 Poles residents in the UK
Readers are then offered dozens of hints and tips on how to rake in the most possible cash in state handouts.
Ilona Korzeniowska, the paper’s chief editor, said of it: ‘It’s not a guide to say, ‘go and take your benefits’.
‘We have guides for people working. This is the only one for unemployed people.’
The production and print of the guides has raised fears that many migrants are seeking a move to Britain soon – before June’s EU referendum brings in any curbs on welfare.
More than 111,000 Polish National Insurance requests were registered in Britain in 2015 with roughly 600,000 Poles residents in the UK.
Alp Mehmet of Migration Watch UK described the guide as ‘all but encouraging’ migrants to look at benefits available.’
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