A lot are here legally at first
Not working after three months, not having valid ID etc, then they stop exercising their Treaty Rights.....and what do we do about it?
It is very difficult to prove that they have stopped exercising their treaty rights - until the end of the year, the EU would go mental if the Home Secretary (in the form of a CS) were to ask an EEA citizen if they were working (except if they were importing a relative). It would go against their right to free movement IIRC.
But the earlier poster is correct about the over-crowded housing. I have a friend who works in housing for a council and they dare not start investigating too carefully lest they find themselves neck deep in that problem - it is also not lawful to use the risk of overcrowding to deny a person entry to the UK if they are an EEA citizen or a relative thereof. Apparently...
(Part X of he 1986 housing act refers if my memory serves, plus part 12 of the EEA immigration thingy).
ETA: Just remembered - if they are making legitimate efforts to find work then they are exercising their treaty rights.
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