Green MEPs: ‘Benefit Tourism’ is a myth

Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposed clampdown on so-called ‘benefits tourism’ is rhetoric based on myths which will hurt not help the health of the British economy and society, say Green MEPs Jean Lambert and Keith Taylor.

Cameron has set out radical plans to overhaul welfare rules including stopping new arrivals from the European Union getting out-of-work benefits for three months.

Jean Lambert, Green MEP and the Green Party’s immigration spokesperson, said: “This is all about deflecting attention from benefit cuts, and not really about protecting UK benefits and public services at all.”

“‘Benefit Tourism’ is a myth – not borne out by the facts at all, as the EU Commission and the OECD have made clear. In fact, those born outside the UK tend to pay more tax, and claim fewer benefits, than those born here – they are, as a group, net contributors to the public purse.

“Overwhelmingly, people come here to work and some come because they feel safer here than in their home-country: both of these say very positive things about the UK. Cameron prefers not to recognise that – he’s too busy looking for the next set of benefit cuts.” Continue reading

GASLAND II the film Showing Stalybridge Monday 2nd December

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Tameside Green Party are showing the film GASLAND PART II at the Buffet Bar, Stalybridge Station on Monday 2nd December 7.30 pm.

GASLAND PART II is the explosive follow-up to the Oscar-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide). Continue reading

Mass Anti Fracking convergence called for Weds 27th November at Barton

Mass convergence has been called for tomorrow Weds 27th to fight fracking at Barton in Greater Manchester

Fracking company IGas Energy are trying to start drilling in Barton Moss, Salford, Greater Manchester, on farmland next to the M62 motorway, this week. They have begun moving equipment onto the site and are planning to start drilling soon. The community in the area is opposed to their region being fracked, and are hoping that they will receive support in their efforts to stop it.

People will be gathering at the site on Barton Moss Road, off the A57, on tomorrow morning (27th), from 9am onwards. While getting their early will be good, since IGas are likely to be trying to bring more equipment onto the site, there will be stuff happening throughout the day. The event is planned to be a community-led carnival of anti-fracking revelry, with a very serious purpose, to stop IGas in their tracks. Continue reading