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Letters | 10th April 2020

Care for our carers


NEW immigration rules are coming into place, barring “unskilled” workers from the UK.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the idea of “unskilled” people being of less value to our country is not only uncompassionate but evidently untrue.
As well as those on the frontline in healthcare such as carers and cleaners, we now know that bus drivers and supermarket and delivery workers have more than proved their essential status.
According to recent research by the IPPR, two-thirds of the EU migrants currently contributing to our healthcare system would not have been allowed into the country under
the new system.
In the transport sector the figure is 85 per cent. The people currently holding Britain together could be sent back later this year. Who will fill their jobs?
That’s why I fully support Best for Britain’s campaign to extend the Brexit transition period until after the coronavirus outbreak.
That way, we can make sure we get a deal which works for Britain and the immigrants who choose to make Britain their home.
We mustn’t turn our back on those who’ve helped us through this crisis. I think if someone risks their safety to care for Britain, we should care for them.

Anthony Lane

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