NRI Labour MP Keith Vaz said, to
impose a new "immigrant tax" on foreigners- might discriminatory
London, Feb. 21, 2008
UK Government is planning to impose a new "immigrant tax"
on foreigners coming to the country to help pay for the public services
they use such as the schools and hospitals. Govt. hope to generate
an extra £15 million a year but they need £250 million
more annually to avoid increased council tax. The plans which include
a 'points system' for those seeking British citizenship.
The immigrant numbers have risen in recent years, particularly
from eastern Europe. The additional tax could be set at 10 per cent
of the visa fee, an additional £20 for the usual £200
visa granted to those wishing to stay in Britain longer than six
months. The children and older applicants who are likely to need
more health care will pay more than young and skilled workers.
In 2006-2007, the UK Visas agency raised £190 million from
visa fees from 2.7 million applications.
The immigration minister said "It is fair that those who benefit
most from using our immigration system should help fund it. We welcome
the contribution that legal migrants make to the economy and cultural
life in the UK and we have ensured that these fees, which will usher
in the biggest reforms to the immigration system in a generation,
are at levels that will not damage our international competitiveness."
NRI Labour MP Keith Vaz said:
- The government's decision to impose a new "immigrant tax"
on foreigners coming to the country might be construed as discriminatory.
- I am concerned that some may view the move to charge some migrants
more as a double taxation, and it may be viewed as discriminatory.
There may be confusion about how they should do so called good
- Supporting the principle of earned citizenship,we have excellent
race relations in Britain and this government has done much to
- We must work hard not to alienate communities and clearly explain
what this paper would mean to them
Migrants are more skilled and often more reliable and hardworking
than British workers, and are fuelling the country's economic growth
to the tune of £6bn a year, according to the first official
study of their impact published yesterday.