The government's new approach to migrant benefit claimants has been branded as "gesture politics" by UKIP's Head of Policy Unit Tim Aker.
"Firstly this of course does nothing to stop anyone from inside the EU who claims to be a jobseeker coming into the UK. That's the long and short of it. Immigration matters must be tackled at the border and we can’t do that until we leave the EU.
The Arts Council has come under fire for wasting public money on a political satire show due to start touring in the North West.
"The Stop UKIP Tour" by Jonny and the Baptists is being supported by the Arts Council and a stinging rebuke has been sent by local MEP and deputy party leader Paul Nuttall.
"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and UKIP is very much the party of free speech but I think it is wrong that taxpayers money is being used to back this production," explained Mr Nuttall.
In a move which flies in the face of its accession agreement with the EU, the Romanian parliament has this week exempted top politicians and lawyers from corruption crimes.