I just had to respond to David Camerons speech about immigration.
Hi David, whilst I agree with most of the solution one thing that isn’t accounted for is the cost of translation services. The people making the judgements in all of these areas need to be able to converse with the migrants to find out for themselves and make judgements based on their instinct, experience and knowledge not via a third parties inflections and interpretation. What we need is to think differently and start equipping our experienced managers and leaders together with their teams who do not speak many languages the ability to communicate at ground level to cut costs, improve peoples lives and improve the wellbeing of our citizens. This can be done by not being frightened to revamp and relook at the current services available to support housing officers, healthcare officials, Home office officials and educators and look for the best solutions to support our workers to get the best information from the new arrivals. That would include looking at new technology and bespoke technology that supports these members of staff as a tool to do their jobs effectively, whilst stopping the big companies from whitewashing us all with easily procured solutions that are not currently working, not protecting our society, and not treating our workers or the immigrants (that we want to encourage) humanely.
David if you are willing to take the next step into the future please feel to contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07525 323219 alternatively visit the website to see how ClaireTalk supports the Health Services and Talking Tutor and Two Can Talk are currently supporting education and similar products including I can Talk can be used in all communication situations.
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Today I gave a speech at University Campus Suffolk outlining plans for a cross-Government immigration system that seeks to favour those who work hard to get on in life. You can read the full speech here.
There are those who say that you can’t control immigration without damaging your economic policy. This is wrong. Let me give you two examples.
There were some who said that our cap on economic migrants from outside the European Economic Area would damage business. But look at what’s happened. The cap has played a part in controlling migration. But not one business request has been rejected because of the limit – and not one scientist or engineer turned down for lack of space.
Our limit on economic migrants which we set at 20,700 has been under-subscribed each and every month since it was introduced – with businesses using only half their monthly quotas.
Another example is that when we said we would clamp down on bogus students; some people thought that it would damage our universities. But the number of applications to study at universities has actually gone up. We want the brightest and best students in the world to choose our universities so we’re rolling out the red carpet to those whose hard work and investment will create new British jobs.
And the right immigration is not just good for Britain – it’s essential. Our immigration policy can’t be some kind of add-on to our economic strategy – It has to be a fundamental part of it. There is an absolutely fundamental connection between our welfare and training policies on the one hand and our immigration policy on the other. I see them as two sides of the same coin.
It is our failure in the past to reform welfare and training that has meant we have left too many of our young people in a system without proper skills or proper incentives to work and have instead seen large numbers of people coming from overseas to fill vacancies in our economy.
Put simply, our job is to educate and train up our youth not to rely on immigration to fill the skills gaps. So welfare and training reform are a key part of our approach to immigration. One of the problems that government has had in the past is that when it comes to immigration it has been working in silos.
Controlling immigration has been a job for the Home Office. But the reality is that you can’t control immigration if you have a welfare system that takes no account of who it is paying out to.You can’t control immigration if you have a healthcare system that takes no account of the people using it. And you can’t control immigration if you have a housing policy that doesn’t take account of how long people have lived and contributed to a local area. Under my direction this is changing – read the full speech to find out how.