Truss’ Work Sec confirms ‘perfectly possible’ UK to bring in workers
Chloe Smith discusses filling vacant roles in UK
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Work and Pensions Secretary Chloe Smith has been pressed on whether Government ministers are in fact considering relaxing immigration restrictions on some foreign workers. Liz Truss is believed to be exploring bringing in workers from abroad in a bid to help ease the UK’s labour shortages.
Mr Ferrari asked the Work and Pensions Secretary: “Will we see people brought in from overseas to fill agriculture and social care jobs as has been mooted?
“Is that what you anticipate will happen?”
“I think it’s perfectly possible for that to happen because of course that is in line with what the Prime Minister stated very clearly during her campaign to be the leader of the Conservative Party, and I’m quite comfortable with that.
“I think there’s a blend here that will enable the economy to grow,” replied Ms Smith.
She added: “Of course, the Home Secretary will be setting out more in due course.”
Prime Minister Liz Truss has pledged to manage immigration levels in a way that “works for Britain”
“The prime minister wants to make sure we maintain control of immigration and that it works for the UK,” the PM’s spokesman said on Monday.
“I will let the Home Secretary (interior minister) come forward with further detail.”
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It comes as Downing Street has signalled that it will push ahead with its massive package of tax cuts even as the pound plunged to an all-time low against the US dollar amid hammered market confidence in the Government’s economic plans.
Sterling hit its lowest level against the dollar since decimalisation in 1971, falling by more than four percent to just 1.03 dollars in early Asia trading before rebounding to 1.09 dollars on Monday afternoon as speculation mounted over intervention by the Bank of England, with officials there understood to be considering making an emergency statement this afternoon.
The euro also hit a fresh 20-year low against the dollar amid recession and energy security fears ahead of what is expected to be a painful winter across Europe as the war in Ukraine shows no sign of ending.
Experts warned the pound’s plunge towards parity with the dollar will send the cost of goods soaring even higher, potentially worsening the cost-of-living crisis, while it also means it will be more expensive for the Government to borrow money.
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Labour have attacked the Government’s handling of the economy branding the Prime Minister’s tax cuts a “reckless gamble” that risks tanking the pound.
Shadow armed forces minister Luke Pollard told GB News: “I’m afraid the economic outlook and the reckless gamble that was taken by the Government only a few days ago, that is trashing the value of our pound, I’m afraid will make life much harder for people around the country.
“Labour needs to offer not only a valid critique of the Government and their pretty appalling economic management but also some positivity, some hope that it doesn’t have to be this way.
“There’s a better Britain that we can achieve a better Britain where people can pay their bills, where we can decarbonise our energy, and we can have less human effluent in our rivers, for instance, that’s the type of offer that Labour are making this week.”
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