- The plan will create ‘social scoreboard’ to rate countries on social matters
- They include poverty-levels, health care, benefits and housing policy
- Furious Tory MEPs claim EU is angling to be ‘Europe’s social conscience’
- They claim EU wants to appropriate powers to supervise and intervene over the way member states deal with social problems’
By Matt Blake
PUBLISHED: 08:43 EST, 25 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:55 EST, 25 November 2013
The European Union has sparked fury after it approved a plan for a ‘social police’ to control benefits handouts, healthcare and homelessness across the continent.
The plan is among a raft of measures laid out in a new report that calls for the creation of a ‘social scoreboard’ to allow for a ‘better and earlier identification of major employment and social problems’.
But the plan, approved by a majority of the Parliament sitting in Strasbourg last week, triggered anger among Conservative MEPs who claim the EU is attempting to impose itself as ‘Europe’s social conscience.’
Anthea McIntyre MEP, Conservative spokesman on employment and social affairs, said: ‘Clearly this is the Parliament manoeuvring to create a role for the EU as Europe’s social conscience.
‘Worse than that, they want to appropriate powers to supervise and intervene over the way member states deal with social problems. They want to set themselves up as the social police.
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