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Viewpoints: what effect has migration had on your council?

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LGC's viewpoints panelists tackle the issue of the day

“The council has developed an action plan to address the needs of migrant workers in the area work including provision of information, assessment of private sector housing and family support is having to be addressed through existing resources.”

Ann Woodward Head of policy and performance, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

“We have Heathrow the world’s busiest airport in the borough. At any one time we are supporting about 900 unaccompanied asylum seekers, costing more than£5m a year. The government is passing the financial burden onto local taxpayers and not allowing us to do our job properly.”

Ray Puddifoot (Con) Leader, Hillingdon LBC

“Being next door to Stansted Airport, we’re seeing a growing Eastern European population, so we’re recruiting Polish and Portuguese advice workers. If demand for translating council documents were to grow, this could impact very significantly on our finances.”

Anne Freimanis Chief executive, East Hertfordshire DC

“Twenty percent of our residents are of Asian heritage and this has now been added to people from Eastern Europe. We see it as a real benefit to our economic, cultural and social life. It is not a problem, it is an opportunity.”

Graham Burgess Chief executive, Blackburn with Darwen BC

“We have yet to see any immediate large-scale impact on services, but are preparing for the anticipated increase in demand for housing, translation services and community development and support over time.”

Michael Coughlin Chief executive, Crawley BC

“Very little to date, but we certainly have a more interesting ethnic mix than previously, and last week held our very own mini-World Cup competition.”

David Hill Chief executive, Ashford BC

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