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Complainant Name:
European Commission

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sunday Telegraph


The European Commission complained to the Press Complaints Commission that a series of articles concerning migration by EU citizens to the UK had inaccurately reported the economic status of those migrants, and their entitlement to welfare, in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


The complaint was resolved after the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification, and amendments to the online articles:

Coverage on Oct 20, 2013 about EU migration stated that EU citizens seeking work in Britain are eligible for non-contributory Jobseekers' Allowance and that the European Commission says that access to Britain's welfare system should be unrestricted. In fact, to receive Jobseekers' Allowance, EU nationals must pass the Habitual Residence Test agreed by all EU Member States. EU law also allows the UK to refuse social assistance benefits, such as housing benefit, to certain categories of EU nationals, including those seeking a first job in the UK.

Date Published: 12/05/2014

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