16 November 2012 #Employment
Boris Johnson and John Cridland have attacked the Government’s immigration policy as a block to economic growth. They are joined by the Chancellor, George Osborne who is urging the Home Secretary, Theresa May to streamline the bureaucracy surrounding immigration.
Mr Cridland stepped up his criticism, asking the Prime Minister to scrap the net migration target which was badly hitting the Higher Education sector and small companies who could not handle the bureaucracy.
When making the promise to cut net migration to the tens of thousands, the Conservatives perhaps failed to realise that the biggest factors affecting net migration were outside their control. In other words, it was not in the Government’s power to control the number of people leaving the UK to live in another country, the number coming to join British family members and European nationals moving to the UK. Where the Government has focused its efforts i.e. student visas and work permits, businesses and the Higher Education sector have suffered. Amid the growing criticism of the net migration target, the Prime Minister met Theresa May at the end of October to see if the net migrant target could be gracefully abandoned.
Labour Leader, Ed Miliband admitted in June 2012 that his party got it wrong on immigration, eight years after the event. There is an opportunity for the Coalition here.