New habitual residence test to start this week

"The improved Habitual Residence Test is part of a range of reforms around migrant access to benefits. Other changes which will come in over the next year include:

  • time-limiting new JSA claims made by European Economic Area (EEA) jobseekers and retained workers to 6 months unless they can demonstrate they are actively seeking work and have a genuine prospect of work
  • ensuring that EEA jobseekers will be unable to access Jobseeker’s Allowance until they have been resident in the UK for 3 months
  • ensuring that new EEA jobseekers will be unable to access Housing Benefit
  • introducing an earnings threshold to trigger a test which will check that someone isn’t claiming to have, or have had, a job, or be self employed to access benefits