Tomorrow, Friday 4 April, Vicky Ford Conservative MEP for the East of England will be joining local Conservative councillors at a street surgery in Wisbech town centre at 12.30pm for an hour. The group will be interested to hear concerns on local issues and the views of resident on last week’s announcements on changes to immigration policy.
The amendments particularly affect welfare and healthcare benefits for EU and non EU immigrants. The five point plan includes a “Local homes for Local People” policy which will limit social housing to those who have lived locally for a defined period. Restrictions to welfare benefits will be introduced so that job seekers allowance will only be for those who are actively seeking work and will be stopped after six months if the person has not got a good chance of finding a job. A National Health Service not an international one limiting access to public services such as the NHS, costs of medical treatment for EU migrants must be paid for by their own government and harsher penalties for companies employing illegal workers.
Vicky Ford MEP said: “Under Labour the UK saw uncontrolled immigration and towns like Wisbech experienced many changes in a very short period of time. Under the current government net migration has been reduced by a third, we have limits on economic migrants and tougher tests including English language tests. However, there is still much to be done. Migration for work has brought many benefits for our economy but migration for welfare and migration for healthcare are unaffordable and unfair for those who have paid into our tax system. I hope that these new changes will make a real difference. It is important that they are introduced this year and I look forward to hearing the views of the people of Wisbech on Friday.”