PM’s migrant comments ‘outrageous and wrong’

Responding to Boris Johnson’s inaccurate comments about the ‘no recourse to public funds’ rule at Parliament’s Liaison Committee, Liberal Democrats Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said: “It is outrageous and wrong for the Prime Minister to suggest that the ‘no recourse to public funds’ rule is aimed at people who are in the UK unlawfully.

Alistair Carmichael MP

“He should know that it’s a standard condition imposed on most people who come to live and work here on a visa.

“The ‘no recourse to public funds’ rule is particularly damaging during the Covid crisis, preventing many families who have lost their livelihoods overnight from accessing the Universal Credit safety net.

“Since the start of the pandemic, Liberal Democrats have been urging Priti Patel to suspend the rule for the duration of the crisis, so migrants – like everyone else – are given the financial support they need to stay at home. It’s long past time for the Government to make this vital change to help keep people safe.”

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