Migration cap chaotic, says Balls

December 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Ed Balls has said the introduction of a temporary immigration cap appeared “reckless and chaotic” – after a High Court ruled it was done unlawfully. The shadow home secretary said the ruling meant the cap “does not, in fact, today exist”. Minister Damian Green said the ruling was on a “technical” point and details would be set out on Tuesday allowing the temporary limit to be reinstated. The temporary cap on non-EU skilled workers was introduced in June. Home Secretary Theresa May introduced the limit of 24,100 workers a month as an interim measure ahead of a permanent cap. But it was challenged by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and English Community Care Association, which was concerned about the effect on people working in the care sector. Last week a legal challenge to it was upheld with High Court judges ruling that ministers had “sidestepped” Parliamentary scrutiny. The ruling nullified the current temporary cap. (bbc)

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