Tuesday, 13 January 2009

EU Migrants Really Do Contribute To The Economy….

..well, in the ‘charity’ and public sector field, that is, if not in the actual productive side of things:
Taxpayers are funding the repatriation of hundreds of homeless Eastern European immigrants who have been living on the streets.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds is being spent annually on travel costs for the immigrants, mainly Polish, who have been unable to find work in Britain and have no access to benefits.

Local authorities and charities are using government grants to fund one-way bus and air tickets, with one London council spending £100,000 on the scheme in the past year alone.
It’s a bonanza for the local councils and employees in the ‘charity’ sector, all funded by you and me.
In the first city-wide scheme of its kind, a charity has been given funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government to seek out immigrants living on the street and encourage them to go home. Many will be given food and clothing, and accompanied by outreach workers.
Needless to say, because this is the government we are talking about, don’t expect good value for money to be a consideration:
Sending someone home can cost as little as a £50 coach trip. The new scheme, however, proposes bringing people from Poland to facilitate the move, and others to accompany those who are returning home. When flights, accommodation and food are included, each could cost in excess of £1,000.
Yup, we’re bringing over people from Poland to persuade other people from Poland to take English taxpayers money to go back to Poland.

Could anyone make this up…?
A spokeswoman for the Department of Communities and Local Government did not answer questions about funding amounts. She said that the Government needed to do more to achieve its ambition of ending rough sleeping by 2012.
Not importing more might be a good start...

8 comments:

North Northwester said...

Ah yes, my fair proud city boasts a couple of Eastern Europeans - a Mister and a Missus who take it in turn to sell the Big Issue. Perhaps they have a kid they look after in shifts; who knows? They are surely selling the mags that British homeless won't sell.
Makes you proud.
Sorry, makes me cross.

Mind you, weren't about 10% of our Battle of Britain pilot casualties Polish?
And when was the last time an Eastern European got onto public transport covered in explosives and shouted 'Allah Akhbar?'

So it's complicated. But if we have limited resources, publicly funded repatriation for the homeless might be cheaper for the taxpayer in the long run than the housing taken up in overcrowded hostels (Don't believe for a minute that these facilities will be closed to them), and medical costs when they get drunk, freeze, are beaten up by skinhead scum, etc.

Oh, Enoch, why didn' they listen?

Anonymous said...

...and there's the scandal of all that child benefit being paid out to children who live IN POLAND!

What's to stop Stanislav taking the money and coming back in next week?

Meanwhile the near tidal wave of africans etc continues.

Most of my Big Issue sellers are Romanian. It got quite heated at the Waitrose when a chap started telling the Big Issue seller to 'bloody bugger off back to wherever then you wouldn't be homeless'. I had to have a quiet word before HE got nicked for being beastly to a small foreign person by an accredited Roma/Polish speaking member of the Kent County Constabulary Eastern European liaison Unit.

Julian Meteor said...

Julia M and JuliaN M up a tree...
K.I.S.S.I.N.G!!!!!!! lol

Are you single?
We are DESINTED to be !!!! lmao

Letters From A Tory said...

Why not pay for a few EU officials to come and oversee the process, just to spice up the regulation and bureaucracy? I feel so lost without it, I really do.

North Northwester said...

Letters From A Tory said...
Why not pay for a few EU officials to come and oversee the process, just to spice up the regulation and bureaucracy? I feel so lost without it, I really do.


...and the European Parliament - the 'democratic' wing of the Common Market... EEC...EC..EU...

Anyway, those guys. Very elected, if you get my drift.

Julian Meteor said...

Any news?

Chalcedon said...

did they honestly expect to get a job if they didn't speak English?

I know a very nice Polish couple. He works for Tescos and now in the office instead of the freezer and she does housekeeping work. Both speak good English. Neither of them knew what to do with a Christmas cracker at a dinner in December.

We mustn't forget how unique we are.

JuliaM said...

"Mind you, weren't about 10% of our Battle of Britain pilot casualties Polish? "

Indeed they were. But I don't think the target audience for this little project are the self-sufficient, reliant type. Certainly not if they have made no plans for failure to find work...

"..publicly funded repatriation for the homeless might be cheaper for the taxpayer in the long run.."

Indeed. It's the employment of public sector workers and the consequent rises in cost that I object to.

"What's to stop Stanislav taking the money and coming back in next week?"

Nothing that I can see. Mind you, so long as he continues with his utterly hilarious blog..! ;)

"Any news?"

Lots! Most of it depressing.... ;)

"did they honestly expect to get a job if they didn't speak English?"

That's the rub, isn't it?