Iain Duncan Smith has attacked the Big Issue magazine claiming that poor immigrants from southern and eastern Europe are using it as a fast-track way to claim benefits in Britain.
Mr Duncan Smith said the magazine was being used „more and more” as a foothold for Romanians and other eastern Europeans to access tax credits.
The work and pensions secretary, who was answering a question from the floor at an event in Berlin, said that immigrants from Europe were „immediately” able to claim tax credits on arrival in Britain due to their self-employed status as magazine vendors.
The Times reported that Mr Duncan Smith, who was in Germany speaking about British welfare policy, also attacked EU interference in immigration matters saying it was “unwarranted and unwanted”.
When asked by a member of the audience for examples of so-called „benefits tourism” he admitted he did not have anything other than anecdotal examples, but went on to attack the Big Issue magazine