Liz Truss sparks cabinet row over plan to boost migrant numbers in Britain
Liz Truss plans to increase the number of migrants to Britain by easing immigration rules as part of her mission to boost economic growth.
The prime minister is facing resistance from her cabinet colleagues to a move that would see labor shortages filled by allowing companies to recruit more foreign workers.
Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary, Kemi Badenoch, the Commerce Secretary, and Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Business Secretary, are reluctant to give their support, the Sunday Times reported.
It is understood that Nadhim Zahawi, the Cabinet Office minister, who chaired a meeting on the proposals, is also supportive with Ranil Jayawardena, the environment secretary, and Kwasi Kwarteng, the chancellor.
Businesses have been frustrated that the skilled labor visa system has not been responsive enough to the shortages they have experienced and Ms Truss has faced industry demands for more migrant workers.
Liz Truss (pictured in parliament with Treasury Minister Chris Philp left, Kwasi Kwarteng to his right and to his right, Leveling Secretary Simon Clarke and Work and Pensions Secretary Chloe Smith) sparked a cabinet row with a plan to increase the number of migrants to Britain wants to revive economic growth
The Prime Minister (pictured yesterday) is expected to expand the government’s shortage occupations list to help businesses fill vacancies by recruiting foreign workers more easily
Home Secretary Suella Braverman (left), Commerce Secretary Kemi Badenoch (right) and Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg are said to be resisting the measure, the Times reported.
Ms Truss insisted she was ‘unapologetic’ in ‘relentlessly focusing on economic growth’, even if that means implementing unpopular policies.
A senior government source told The Times: “There is a view within the Treasury that migration is good for growth. It is a point of view which seems to be shared by the Prime Minister and the Chancellor.
“We can’t tear up our immigration rules. The people who voted for Brexit want to see controlled migration.
Ms Badenoch is said to oppose a ‘freedom of movement’ type deal with India as a way to secure a trade deal.
And Mr. Rees-Mogg is supposed to be in favor of expanding the The government’s list of shortage occupations, if it can be demonstrated, will increase GDP per capita.
Liz Truss leaves Downing Street for the Commons on Friday on what could prove to be a pivotal day for her job as Prime Minister
Ms Truss has faced demands from industry for more migrant workers to be given visas to come to the UK, with labor shortages being one of the main concerns expressed by employers in various sectors .
Downing Street has not denied that the Prime Minister plans to liberalize routes to allow foreign workers to settle in the UK, as The Sun first reported.
During her campaign for the Conservative leadership, Ms Truss promised to tackle labor shortages in agriculture – partly caused by post-Brexit restrictions on freedom of movement and accentuated by the pandemic – with a short-term extension of the seasonal worker scheme.
A recent government report warned that these shortages were severely affecting the food and agricultural sector, often forcing farmers to slaughter healthy pigs and leave fruit to rot in the fields.
The Seasonal Worker Scheme, first launched in 2019, temporarily allows 40,000 overseas workers to enter the UK for seasonal roles in the horticulture and poultry sectors.
The cap should be lifted and the six-month deadline extended, according to The Sun.
The Times also reports that it will be increased for seasonal agricultural workers and that other professions will be added to the list, including broadband engineers, to meet the government’s deadline to ensure that 85% of households Britons have full fiber broadband.
It is also suggested that it changes the strict English language requirements for visa applicants. And it is said that there is also a plan for a new visa giving access to graduates of the top 50 or 100 universities in the world.
A No 10 source said: “We need to put measures in place so that we have the right skills that the economy, including the rural economy, needs to drive growth.”
“This will mean an increase in numbers in some areas and a decrease in others. As the Prime Minister has made clear, we also want economically inactive people to find a job.
The government is expected to present its migration reform plan later this year. It appears to be a departure from Boris Johnson’s stance on immigration and could irritate some Brexit voters.
Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng pictured presenting an ’emergency budget’ to the Commons with a host of dramatic measures designed to boost growth
Liz Truss vowed to spark a ‘decade of momentum’ as she defended Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s budget on Friday against criticism over tax cuts for high earners
The Prime Minister today in the Mail on Sunday promised to spark a ‘decade of momentum’ as she defends Friday’s budget against criticism over tax cuts for high earners.
In his striking Commons announcement, Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng scrapped the highest tax rate of 45p and slashed the basic rate by 1p in the biggest package of tax cuts by a UK government in a half century.
The move is part of a “race for growth” that aims to boost the economy – and boost the Conservatives’ chances of winning the next election.
Making her first public comments on the so-called ‘mini-budget’ – which also included stamp duty, national insurance and corporation tax cuts – Ms Truss promises her administration will be set in ” making tough choices and doing things differently” from his Conservative predecessors in Issue 10, adding: “We will usher in a decade of dynamism with a relentless focus on economic growth.”
Dismissing criticism that the £45bn of measures would disproportionately benefit the wealthy, Ms Truss writes: ‘Growth means families have more money in their pockets, more people can take up well-paying jobs and more companies can invest in their future.
“It provides more money to fund our public services, like schools, the NHS and the police.
“We will be shameless in this pursuit… Everything we do will be tested to see if it helps our economy grow or hurts it.”