UK Cracks Down on Immigrants to End 'Something for Nothing' Culture
David Cameron is to announce radical plans to cut immigrants’ rights in what has been described as the authorities’ determination to wipe out abuse in Britain’s system, local media reported.
Under measures expected to be detailed within days, migrants will be banned from renting houses and flats if they cannot prove they have legitimate links to an area, with fines for landlords and councils that flout the rules, the Sunday Telegraph reported.
Suspected “health tourists” who are unable to prove that they are eligible for free care on the NHS will be forced to pay for treatment, while visiting foreign students will be required to make a contribution towards their medical expenses.
The Immigration Bill, which is due in Parliament this week, is also expected to include tougher fines for employers who hire illegal workers, and a reduction in the number of opportunities for foreign criminals to appeal against their deportation.
It heralds a crackdown on the rights of migrants from outside Europe but will not limit the free entitlement to British public services provided to citizens of other countries in the European Union.
The Bill is expected to deliver far-reaching reforms, including:
- Patients registering with a GP will be given a temporary NHS number if they cannot provide evidence of their entitlement to free care. They will then be expected to prove that they are legally entitled to live in the UK and receive treatment free on the NHS.
Those who cannot prove their entitlement will be forced to pay.
- Students from outside Europe will be required to pay a GBP 200 annual levy, or to take out full health insurance, in order to make “a fair contribution” to the NHS.
Separate rules are being considered for foreign business workers who will pay taxes during their stay.
- Councils will be ordered by law to stop giving social housing to individuals with no connection to the local area. Local authorities that flout the rules are expected to face “penalties” for the first time, potentially including fines, government sources said.
- Private landlords will be required to conduct thorough background checks on their tenants to ensure they have a legal right to live in Britain. A system of “proportionate” fines will be introduced to punish landlords who are found to break the rules. This is expected to be set at GBP 80 or more for those who make a “single honest mistake”, rising to GBP 3,000 for persistent rogue landlords.
- Forcing some foreigners who are refused permission to stay in Britain - including some foreign criminals - to leave the country immediately. They will then be able to launch any appeal against the decision to remove them from overseas, unless they face “serious and irreversible harm” in their home countries.
- The plan is aimed at ending what critics say are the frequent abuses of the Human Rights Act by foreign offenders who have persuaded judges that they must stay in the UK because they have a right to a private and family life.
- Action against employers who hire illegal immigrants, doubling the fines to GBP 20,000 for each worker. Employers will be encouraged to comply with the rules by simplifying the checks on workers that they are required to complete.
- The bill will also prevent migrants who are in the UK illegally from being able to obtain a British driving license.
In his justification of the bill, David Cameron has said it is time to end the “something for nothing” culture which he believes has allowed foreign migrants to “abuse” the system.
Labor restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians in the UK are to be lifted in 2014.
According to the Office of National Statistics, in July 2012 there were 94 000 Romanians and 47 000 Bulgarians resident in the UK.
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Ah - the wonderful "justice" system which stupid Brits think is the envy of the world: '....“proportionate” fines to punish landlords .....£80 or more for those who make a “single honest mistake”....' And who pays for the time taken up by this, the lost rent if you're not sure and provides the training needed to tell a dodgy benefit-scounging jihadi from a upstanding and legal tsigani pickpocket? Sounds like a nice easy way for racists to control who they do, or don't, rent to.
So suddenly renting out your house becomes a criminal offence unless you can demonstrate that YOU have done the authorities' job for them and not only thoroughly grilled prospective tenants but also checked out their story and whether any documents they might have are genuine and valid.
Anyone want to join me in a new sure-fire business venture: supplying landlords with rubber truncheons, polygraphs and interrogation lights? Ve haff vayz off making you talk......