PM’s migrant comments ‘outrageous and wrong’

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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. "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,…
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Government must back visa-free tours for musicians

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Responding to the news that the UK rejected the offer of visa-free tours for musicians in the EU, Liberal Democrat Culture spokesperson Jamie Stone said: “The government must provide urgent clarification on what was offered by the EU to enable visa-free touring by UK artists and their crew. Once Covid restrictions are lifted, British artists need to be able to work across the EU with the same ability that has been negotiated for other sectors. "The Government’s rampage to end free movement will damage our economy, our creativity and our standing in the world. This trade deal is the first trade deal in history to put up barriers to trade instead of tearing them down. "These new restrictions are a blow to the music industry, which has already suffered so…
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“Outrageous” social care exclusion from Govt’s new Health and Care Visa

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Responding to the Government’s decision to exclude social care workers from the new Health and Care Visa and the entire “skilled worker” route under the new points-based system, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Christine Jardine said:  “It is utterly outrageous that Boris Johnson's Government has pretended to prioritise social care during the COVID-19 crisis, only to announce that these vital key workers will be excluded from the so-called "Health and Care Visa". "Without our social care workers, the most vulnerable in our society would suffer immeasurably. And yet their work is not deemed of sufficient value to this callous Conservative Government. This is a deeply short-sighted move that risks stretching the sector to breaking point, with 120,000 vacancies to fill. "Priti Patel might consider social care workers to be unskilled, but…
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