PM: Immigration Is a Constant Drain on Public Services

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PM: Immigration Is a Constant Drain on Public Services

Byline: Jason Groves Chief Political Correspondent

Publisher Notice: A REPORT on July 24 stated that the number of immigrants to the UK last year dropped by 89,000 to 153,000. The figures in fact related to net migration.

IMMIGRATION is a 'constant drain' on public services in Britain, David Cameron conceded yesterday.

The Prime Minister said Britain had suffered a 'frightening' decade of 'completely lax' border policies, which had placed huge strain on communities.

And he hinted at further measures to cut the number of people arriving in the UK.

His comments come after the Office for Budget Responsibility warned Britain would need millions more immigrants in the coming decades to offset the effects of an ageing population.

But Mr Cameron made clear yesterday that he wants to accelerate progress towards meeting his pledge to slash annual net migration - the number by which the population grows after both immigration and emigration have been counted - to the 'tens of thousands'.

During a question and answer session with workers at the headquarters of Bentley Motors in Crewe, Mr Cameron was asked why Britain lets in immigrants who are a 'constant drain' while others 'work hard'.

He replied: 'I basically agree with you. There are some benefits from being a country that welcomes people who want to come here and work hard.

'But in the last decade we have had an immigration policy that's completely lax. The pressure it puts on our public services and communities is too great.' Mr Cameron said the Government has capped the number of migrants from outside the European Union by cracking down on bogus colleges.

He also highlighted action to reduce the so-called 'pull factors' that attract people to this country, such as restricting access to benefits and the NHS.

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