Jeremy Corbyn fails the sustainability test!

Jeremy Corbyn has come out against controlling the unsustainable population growth that arises from immigration into the UK.

…the Labour leader will tell his party: “A Labour government will not offer false promises. We will not sow division or fan the flames of fear. We will instead tackle the real issues of immigration – and make the changes that are needed.”

His spokesman told journalists: “He is not concerned about numbers,” adding that rather than seeking controls on immigration, Labour would seek to mitigate its effects on low-paid workers by reintroducing a “migrant impact fund”.

A £50m fund to ease the pressure of migration on public services was introduced by Gordon Brown in 2008 and scrapped two years later by David Cameron under the coalition in summer 2010. “As long as the consequences of immigration are tackled, it is not an objective to reduce the numbers, to reduce immigration,” the spokesman said.

Population growth has an impact on service provision and an impact on housing. It also has a significant impact on the wider environment. Adopting the approach that population growth (whether arising from natural growth or immigration), does not have an impact is at best disingenuous, at worst economically and environmentally illiterate!


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