Daily Archives: February 24, 2007


Patrick Wintour writes in The Guardian about: … a tough new government strategy that will … see new attempts to block illegal immigrants from having access to public services such as housing, benefits, and medical help, as well as to private services, such as banking. Apparently ID cards are at the centre of this plan: The home secretary, John Reid, admitted yesterday to “an underlying reality that we have not been tough enough in policing access to such services as council housing, legal aid or NHS care”. He promised “a package of measures that will shut down access to benefits and services for those that should not be here. Living here illegally should become ever more uncomfortable and ever more constrained”. The heart of the effort will be “a one stop shop” to which both private sector and public services officials can go to check if someone is a legal […]

ID cards and a “tougher new strategy on immigration”