Ministers will therefore instruct councils, through new statutory guidance, to ensure that people must have lived in the same area for between two and five years before they can be allowed on to a waiting list for social housing. At present local authorities are allowed to set their own qualification criteria but ministers say many choose not to do so.
Exemptions will be made for UK nationals who have to move for work reasons, or because of family breakdown, in addition to the protections that exist for members of the armed forces.
Yesterday Farage renewed his attack on the coalition parties and Labour over immigration, saying they operated an "open door" approach to eastern Europeans. Highlighting fears about a rush of Romanians and Bulgarians to the UK, Farage said voters wanted a party that ensured that the "benefits system in this country should be there to be used by British nationals" rather than foreigners.
Immigrants to be pushed to the back of the housing queue
EXCLUSIVE: DAVID Cameron to change the law to ensure families who have lived here for years get top priority, as part of package of measures to stop Britain being a ‘soft touch’
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