Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Immigration may cause huge tax hike in the UK.

UK: This is what happens when you don't have control over your borders.

'Tax rise' to pay for migrants By Toby Helm, Chief Political Correspondent Big council tax surcharges will have to be imposed because Government figures have greatly underestimated how many immigrants are arriving, council leaders said yesterday. The alternative was cuts in services. The warning was delivered to John Reid, the Home Secretary, after he changed Government policy by calling for the first time for official limits on the numbers of immigrants. The council leaders said that Mr Reid's most urgent task was to "establish the facts" so that councils were funded according to realistic rather than wildly inaccurate figures. If he failed to improve the method of calculating immigrant numbers, some councils would have to impose charges as high as six per cent on top of inflation-related increases. Lord Bruce-Lockhart, the chairman of the Local Government Association, said in a letter to Mr Reid: "Unless accurate up-to-date figures on migration are produced, so that the proper funding to councils can be reflected, this could pose severe problems in the future as services are cut, or council tax has to rise disproportionately for a growing migrant population." The Home Office estimated that up to 13,000 workers would arrive from the eight former communist nations that joined the European Union in May 2004. The latest figures show that around 350,000 had arrived from Poland, the Baltic states and central European nations by the end of last year. The figure is expected to rise to more than 400,000 when the next statistics are published.

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