Landlords and employers hit by immigration crackdown

LANDLORDS and businesses will face extra regulations to ensure they are not dealing with illegal immigrants after the government decided to include tough new rules in today’s Queen’s Speech.

A new bill will be unveiled that promises to make it harder to settle in the UK, restrict welfare benefits to new arrivals, and place a duty on landlords to ensure they are not renting homes to illegal immigrants.

The coalition is also promising “more substantial fines” for businesses that use illegal labour.

There will be new provisions to try to stop immigrants who commit crime exercising their right to a family life in order to stay in the country. Temporary migrants will be required to make a contribution if they want to use the NHS and locals will receive priority for social housing.

The Queen’s Speech forms the centrepiece of this morning’s elaborate state opening of parliament ceremony and sets out the government’s priorities for the coming session.

Other measures expected to be included in the address include already announced policies such as a new flat rate state pension, a cap on the cost of care for the elderly, and new consumer rights legislation. The police are also expected to be handed new powers to deal with antisocial behaviour and dangerous dogs.

However, a commitment to introducing plain packaging for cigarettes has been dropped. Plans to include a “snooper’s charter” requiring telecoms firm to track the activity of their users have also been watered down.