Originally Posted by Vinny
"It is assumed that any absence exemption beyond 6 months would allow NHS resourcesto access free health care".
to be exploited by people who live in England for a short period of time each year purely
OK, 6 months is better than 3, but for the likes of myself, who have paid NI contributions for 30 years, staying out of the UK for more than half the year means no "free" NHS treatment. We are seen as exploiting the system. I take that as an insult.
"We are proposing a specific exception for those FASs who are cooperating with UKBApolicy".
and are supported under sections 4 or 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
Section 4 and Section 95 provides basic welfare support but does not currently include
free access to secondary healthcare. The extension of free healthcare to these groups
therefore is wholly consistent with this element of the government’s migration and asylum
Cooperative failed asylum seekers are being given additional benefits. No exploiting the system there then.
I accept that I am fully aware of this particular drawback of living in LoS but still choose to do so. However, it would appear that the funding of the additional healthcare available to FAS's is at the expense of those having paid NI contributions but are denied the benefits.