17 March 2009
UK to introduce 'migrant tax'
The UK Border Agency is to introduce a migrant tax on all migrants with work or student visas.
According to The Times, the Ministers will announce the details of the tax this week, which is likely to affect hundreds of thousands of people in the UK. The tax, which is likely to be £50 per UK visa and would bring in around £70 million over the next two years, will be used to offset the financial pressure that people who move to the UK put on infrastructure and health services.
Hazel Blears, community secretary, said the Government has to be realistic about the positives and negatives that UK immigration has on local communities.
"While many migrants play an important role in our community, we need an honest debate about the local pressures that migration can create on our public services.
"This fund will pay for the public services in the areas where migration has the biggest impact on our local communities," Ms Blears said.
Schools, GP surgeries and other public services will be the primary benefactors of the migration tax revenue.
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