Ruth Cadbury MP has hit out at the Government for its ‘reckless’ decision to push ahead with a new immigration bill during the coronavirus outbreak. The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill 2020 introduced on 5 March had its Second Reading in the House of Commons yesterday. It puts and end to the UK’s participation in the European Union’s rules on free movement and paves the way for the introduction of a points based system.
The Home Secretary, Priti Patel said:
‘This historic piece of legislation gives the UK full control of our immigration system for the first time in decades and the power to determine who comes to this country’
Ruth Cadbury MP said:
‘‘It’s beyond reckless for the Government to push ahead with these deeply damaging changes whilst our whole country deals with the outbreak of the coronavirus. Whether it’s our amazing care staff looking after those in homes, our bus and delivery drivers who keep our country moving or those working in our schools; I know that both EU and non-EU migrants make a huge contribution both locally and across the UK”.
The Government released a briefing paper in February which set out plans for a points-based immigration system from 2021 onwards. Included in this where a requirement that those entering the UK needed to have a job offer that paid £25,600 or above, with an exception for jobs on a new ‘shortage occupation list’ or those who have a relevant PHD.
“It’s particularly concerning for the Government to push ahead with a salary threshold, which would see over 66% of those currently in the health and social work sector being unable to enter the country. It’s not right that Government Ministers clap for our carers on a Thursday and then push ahead with plans for an immigration system that would make it harder to support our care sector” she said.
“We need an immigration system that works for communities across our country, that works for our economy and works for our NHS and social care sector. It’s clear that the Government’s current plan fails these tests.’’
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