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Saturday, 28 December 2013

Council leader's fear over 'crisis' migrant numbers

NEXT week’s influx of eastern Europeans will stretch schools and hospitals to crisis point, a council leader warned last night.

Rom­anian gypo scum have said they are planning to head to the UK after restrictions are lifted

As Britain prepares to open its doors to tens of thousands of Rom­anian and Bulgarian migrants, the leading Tory said further unrestricted immigration would create serious problems.

In words that will resonate with millions, Susan Hall, boss of Harrow Council in north-west London, admitted local authorities will find it difficult to cope.

Her sobering prediction came after a series of Daily Express reports from Rom­ania where poor families have said they are planning to head to the UK after restrictions are lifted on January 1.

Ms Hall said: 

“What the Daily Express has found is a timely eye-opener about what may be heading to the shores of the UK in just a few days time.
“Councils simply can’t cope with an influx of immigrants which will strain our housing lists and distort school class sizes.
“What people are afraid of, I think understandably, is that the freedom to travel and find work within the EU is being translated into a free pass to try and tap up the UK’s generous benefits system. People who come to the UK to work and pay taxes are welcome.
“But the numbers we have seen in recent years are creating social problems of an entirely new order. Crime linked to east Europeans, ranging from prostitution to pickpocketing, is appearing in suburban areas like mine and residents are struggling to see that as a benefit of free travel within the EU.”
Ms Hall’s area already has one of the largest Romanian populations in the UK – almost 5,000 – and worried council officials fear they will struggle to cope with more.

In a new opinion poll by Harris, 82 per cent said they want the Government to adopt a tougher stance on immigration to prevent a public service meltdown.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage said: 
“It is local councils and those running hospitals and schools who feel the strain of uncontrolled immigration.
“The overwhelming majority of the British people support Ukip’s sensible stance on migration as opposed to an extremely unpopular and damaging policy of open borders.”
The Home Office said: 
“We have significantly tightened the rules to stop people flouting the system.
“From January 1 no one will be able to claim in-work benefits until they have been here at least three months.” [So our streets will be full of Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves]

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