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Grayling 'optimistic' about ending benefit tourism

Employment Minister Chris Grayling has said he is "optimistic" that a meeting of EU members in London yesterday has taken the first steps toward ending benefit tourism.

“We had a very constructive meeting. There is a growing realisation across the EU that this is a genuine issue that has to be addressed. There are many states who feel very strongly about it and I am optimistic that the meeting has started a process to a discussion which gives us a good chance of making progress.”


Grayling: Cut red tape in half

Work and Pensions Minister Chris Grayling will say more needs to be done on cutting red tape. In a meeting with business leaders today, Mr Grayling will outline that the Government has made “good progress” and that he is “determined to cut the number of health and safety regulations in half".


Charities criticise Work Programme

Charities involved in the Government's Work Programme have warned they may pull out over concerns about "profiteering" by private firms. In a meeting with employment minister Chris Grayling on Tuesday, charity representatives said private firms were merely using charities as "bid-candy", and accused them of starving the sector of funds by "cherry-picking" the unemployed most likely to find work and leaving only the least employable.


Welfare clash with Europe

The Government is preparing for battle with the European Union over a proposed welfare agreement with Turkey that would allow Turks to claim benefits in the UK.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling has instructed British officials to fight the deal, saying: “Our arrangements are for Britain to decide, not Brussels. I’m not happy with the way that the EU is behaving. Europe should not be negotiating social security agreements on our behalf, that’s why we’re going through the courts to stop them.


Welfare IT system outsourced to India

Computer technicians in India are being hired to help develop an IT system for the Government's universal credit welfare programme. The project is worth potentially hundreds of millions of pounds, and has been outsourced to India despite a promise from Employment Minister Chris Grayling last year that large data projects would remain in the UK. Mark Serwotka, head of the PCS union, said the move raised questions about "the pledge the employment minister made to Parliament".


Grayling: jobless foreigners will not claim in UK

Chris Grayling yesterday rejected European Commission plans that would allow unemployed Europeans to claim benefits in the UK. The Employment Minister told the House of Commons that this was a "battle I do not intend to lose".


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