British jobs for British people

PUBLISHED: 12:30 05 July 2007 | UPDATED: 22:54 28 May 2010

MP Malcolm Moss

MP Malcolm Moss

WITHIN weeks of a speech by MP Malcolm Moss on migrant workers in Fenland, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has pledged British jobs for British people and is set to a launch a massive shake up of immigration laws. A single new Immigration Bill which will s

WITHIN weeks of a speech by MP Malcolm Moss on migrant workers in Fenland, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has pledged "British jobs for British people" and is set to a launch a massive shake up of immigration laws.

A single new Immigration Bill which will scrap the existing Immigration Acts is expected in the Queen's speech this coming autumn.

The Act will order employers to check the nationality of every new worker and make it illegal to give someone a job without checking they have a work permit, with fines of up to £10 000.

Extra resources will be pumped into a new border police and small firms may also get a tax incentive to hire British workers.

The North East Cambs MP says research has revealed that migrant workers are being handed 1 in 20 of Britain's council houses and promoted to the front of the queue.

He said there are 4 million social houses in Britain but 1.5 million families are on the waiting list for homes. The Government has admitted that 5% of the houses that become available go to foreign nationals.

Mr Moss said: "We must be concerned by the fact that many Brits feel they are being excluded from the jobs market by migrant workers under cutting them. It is imperative that we now give assurances to the British people that we will be hiring them first and equipping them with the skills and tools to find jobs.

"Migration can be a positive thing for the economy and society however we must be doing more to ensure fairness in the allocation of public resources and housing so that British people do not feel sidelined.

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