Sunday, July 12, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Budget 2015 and immigration statement – Prof Thom Brooks, Durham University

Budget 2015 and immigration statement – Prof Thom Brooks, Durham University
For immediate release
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Statement by Professor Thom Brooks, Professor of Law and Government at Durham University on today’s budget speech by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP:
“Today’s announcement leaves many questions unanswered and stones unturned.
The Budget is 123 pages long, but has only one mention of ‘immigration’. It is used once to refer to non-doms.
This is not enough and it’s surprising to see this from a government that claims to take immigration seriously. There is no mention of borders or Calais. At a time of increasing pressures on public services, the government should be looking to reintroduce a Migration Impacts Fund through a new surcharge on visa applications. This is an opportunity lost.
The newly rebranded living wage might make the UK more attractive to increased migration. This policy aimed at a domestic audience may have an impact beyond our borders and raise new headaches for achieving reduced net migration.”
NB – Please note that Professor Brooks is also a member of the Labour Party and Communications Lead for the Sedgefield Constituency Labour Party.
Professor Thom Brooks, Professor of Law and Government, in Durham Law School, Durham University, is available for comment on Wednesday, July 8, and Thursday, July 9, 2015, on: +44 (0) 191 334 4365 (office) or
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Further reading
Migration Impacts Reduction Fund, by Thom Brooks, research briefing published 2015.
An earlier paper, The British Citizenship Test: The Case for Reform, by Thom Brooks, was published before the current test was launched, in The Political Quarterly in August 2012.
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