Immigrant families will be kept off council house waiting lists for up to five years, under a crackdown being unveiled by David Cameron.
The Prime Minister is to set out a tougher approach on housing and benefits, promising to tackle the culture of “something for nothing”.
The intervention is due in a keynote speech on immigration on Monday.
Councils currently have powers to impose local residency tests for social housing, but ministers are frustrated that only around half do so.
Arguing that Britain became a “soft touch” for immigrants under Labour, Cameron will announce that statutory guidance is being issued.
Local authorities will have to introduce minimum residency times of between two and five years for joining waiting lists – or justify why they are not.