Stephen has called for an urgent change for the UK's benefits system to prevent tens of thousands of young Brits from being denied vital welfare help. Ministers are looking at measures to block housing benefit and tax credits for European immigrants until they have lived in the UK for four years. It means British youngsters could have to wait until they are 22 until they receive support.

The residency rule is key in the PM’s renegotiation of Britain’s EU membership, ahead of a referendum before the end of 2017. Speaking to the BBC, Stephen said: "...it would not be acceptable for ordinary UK citizens to be badly hit because the Government’s renegotiation efforts have not succeeded”. Stephen went on to say that ministers are “waking up to the fact they won’t be able to deliver the renegotiation they’ve promised”.

 

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