A BOSTON borough councillor is to address an influential all-party committee at the House of Commons investigating immigration.
Councillor Paul Kenny, chairman of Boston Borough Council's task and finish group looking at the impact of population change, has been invited by MP Jack Dromey, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration, to join the conference – Immigration to the regions: how do we ensure that no-one is left behind? – at the House of Commons today, Wednesday, January 23.
It will look at how immigration to the UK over the past decade has had diverse and substantial effects on communities and economies across the UK and how the debate about the regional effects of migration is often undermined by the lack of clear information indicating the benefits and costs of migration for the UK's countries and regions.
Councillor Kenny said he would tell the committee about some of the key recommendations which came from the task and finish group. He added: "I want to discuss the Government's new alcohol strategy and how some of the issues around alcohol affect Boston, namely the need to stop drinking on our streets and to have greater local powers to restrict the number of off-licensed premises in any one area. Also to discuss issues including licensing of HMOs in Boston, concerns about losing powers within the gangmasters' licensing system, employment issues such as zero hour contracts, employment agencies which are solely dominated by one nationality, licensing of foreign vehicles on our roads and adequate funding for the growing population that Boston is experiencing."
The council's in-depth population change report has been sent to Government and a number of influential national bodies and contains 28 recommendations arrived at after evidence was taken from the police, employers, educators, the press, other councils in Lincolnshire, the MP, council enforcement and health departments and experts on migration and population change. The Census has already shown that Boston has had one of the highest percentage increases in population in the country – now officially 64,600, up from the 55,800 recorded by the 2001 census, and a 15.8 per cent increase.