Sunday, 4 May 2008

News

OUR NEWS
Praise the Lord that The tolleys had settled Caleb's visa! And they can head for holiday in Germany. Yusdi might be sent to Berlin as well for conference later this year (to be confirmed). And that means we'll be visiting Europe as well!

DO YOU HAVE PERMISSION TO WORK?
There has been a dramatic increase in the number of employers being prosecuted for hiring illegal immigrants, the BBC has learned. Read more...

NO MORE CHINESE, INDIAN, THAI TAKEAWAYS?
Thousands of restaurant workers have gathered in London to protest about recent changes to immigration laws.
Groups representing 44,000 Chinese, Turkish and South Asian firms are meeting in Trafalgar Square to voice fears over new immigrant restrictions.
The Ethnic Catering Alliance estimates up to 30% of its restaurants are under threat because of new rules requiring non-EU staff to meet strict criteria.
Ministers say the system balances the interests of UK and foreign workers.
The protest comes after the launch of the new points-based system at the end of February for migrants from outside the EU, which favours highly-skilled workers. Read more...

WELCOME SKILLED IMMIGRANT!
The government has launched the first stage of a new points-based system for migrants from outside the EU.
It will initially only apply to highly skilled workers already in the country who want to extend their stay.
But by the end of 2008, every graduate with good English, on £40,000 or the local equivalent, will potentially have enough points to seek work in the UK.
The Tories say there should be a yearly cap on immigration, the Lib Dems say the rules could cause skills shortages.
Under the new system, skilled workers in occupations where there is a shortage will also be able to enter, provided they have a job offer. Read more...

AND SO GOD HAD INTERRUPTED MR BROWN...
The leader of Labour's backbench revolt against scrapping the 10p tax rate has threatened to revive the protest.
Former minister Frank Field urged Gordon Brown to specify how those affected will be compensated.
Mr Field told the Mail on Sunday unless Prime Minister Gordon Brown made the package "crystal clear" several MPs were prepared to block the Budget.
Mr Brown said tax was complicated but he thought they could "do something" for the low paid and 60-64 year olds.
Mr Field blamed Labour's poor showing in this week's local council elections in England and Wales on the 10p row. Read more...

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