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Immigration inquiry report ‘should not be allowed to gather dust’

Coun Paul Kenny, chairman of the task and finish group behind the report into the social impact of population change, presents the report to East Midlands MEP Glenis Wilmott.

Coun Paul Kenny, chairman of the task and finish group behind the report into the social impact of population change, presents the report to East Midlands MEP Glenis Wilmott.

More work is needed to ensure a report tackling population issues is put into action and does not ‘sit gathering dust’, it has been agreed.

Members of the Boston Borough Council scrutiny committee which looked at the report into the social impact of population change said something had to be done to ensure the recommendations made were feasible and that they were monitored over time.

Coun Richard Austin, who was a member of the task and finish group behind the document, said: “We need to make sure this excellent report does not end up gathering dust on a shelf. We have got to come up with some recommendations asking if it’s feasible to implement these recommendations.”

The report was largely praised by those at Thursday’s meeting, with one councillor saying it was the best piece of work he had seen from the authority.

Some people commented that it was a good start for dealing with challenges arising from population increase.

But a number of questions were raised about how the recommendations – which involve police, national Government and other bodies – would be put into practice.

Rob Lauberts, from Boston Good Relations Group, said: “When you look at all these you are talking about resources. Until you go through the right channels to press for these resources these are just empty words.”

He added it was a ‘workable document’ and hoped people would get behind the recommendations.

The report has not gone well with protesters, who say it doesn’t go far enough and will take to the streets to demonstrate on November 18.

 

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