House of Lords written question – answered on 22nd July 2010.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they considered the impact of any withdrawal of the Migration Impacts Fund on the welfare of migrants.

Photo of Baroness Hanham Baroness Hanham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The purpose of the Migration Impacts Fund was to alleviate the impacts of immigration on local public services, rather than to support migrants themselves.

In the light of the overall fiscal position and the need for urgent action to tackle the deficit the Government concluded that it was not a priority funding stream.

At the same time, the Government have protected core local government spending, reduced ringfencing and ended costly central reporting requirements. These changes mean local authorities themselves will be able in future to decide how best to address the impacts of immigration on their areas.

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