Ministers consider halting benefits for young workers to keep migrant pledge

Government is told EU law means planned restriction on immigrants claiming in-work benefit for four years would need to apply to Britons too

Ministers are considering plans to stop young Britons claiming in-work benefits because they have been told that the Tory manifesto pledge to apply such restrictions solely to EU migrants would be illegal, it has emerged.

Under the plan, a rule intended to stop EU migrants claiming benefits during their first four years in the UK would also stop Britons aged 18 to 22 claiming benefits such as tax credits and child benefit.

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