Chair of the BMA council: ‘NHS couldn’t survive without overseas doctors’
Phillippa Hentsch is NHS Providers’ head of analysis and Dr Chaand Nagpaul is chair of the British Medical Association council. I started by asking them whether this announcement goes far enough.
Immigration rules relaxed for NHS workers
The Home Office has announced that it is going to relax its own rules and allow more skilled workers from outside the European Union into the UK following complaints from bosses within the National Health Services about a recruitment crisis. At the moment, just over twenty thousand non-EU skilled workers are allowed in each year and…
FactCheck: have you been swamped by EU migrants?
Are there really towns that have been swamped by European migrants? Where are the hotspots? Is there pressure on jobs and housing?
FactCheck Q&A: raining on the rumour of a Romanian influx
As anxious MPs consider bad-mouthing Britain to put off low-skilled Romanian and Bulgarian workers from moving to the UK, FactCheck examines the truth behind the scaremongering.
FactCheck: Are Eastern Europeans to blame for social housing shortages?
Is UKIP’s Nigel Farage right about immigrants snapping up all the social housing? “All you have to do now if you come from Eastern Europe, all you have to do is to get a national insurance number – which you can get easily within a fortnight – and then you qualify automatically for social housing,” he said. FactCheck investigates.
FactCheck: Tories may miss immigration target
Stemming the flood of migration with the UK’s first “immigration cap” was a central pledge in the Conservative Party’s manifesto. They promised to cut immigration from hundreds of thousands, to tens of thousands by the next parliament. How are they doing? FactCheck investigates.
Does Cameron have anything to declare on immigration?
It’s the issue that’s threatening to split the Coalition down the middle. But does David Cameron have a hope of hitting his targets on immigration?
Cutting immigration: OBR questions about a cap
The Office for Budget Responsibility report yesterday raised more questions about how effective the cap on skilled and highly skilled workers, announced by the government last week, will actually be.
FactCheck: cutting immigration
FactCheck analyses the Government’s decision to exclude “intra-company transfers” from its annual migration cap.
Boris Johnson says immigration cap risks damaging economy
Channel 4 News FactCheck analyses the London Mayor Boris Johnson’s claim that the government’s cap on immigration from outside the EU is putting the economic recovery at risk
Annual immigration cap and the EU
Today Theresa May announced a temporary limit on the number of skilled migrants who can enter the UK from outside the EU, to avoid a “rush” before a permanent cap is set next year. But how much of an impact can this have when Britain is part of the EU, where workers flow freely between most countries?
Conservative and Lib Dem promises: then and now
The Tories and the Lib Dems released their coalition policies today. FactCheck looked at how these compared to the claims both made before the election.