UK needs immigration cut: David Cameron

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London, Oct 29 (UNI) Challenging British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's policy on the immigration issue, Tory Leader David Cameron has announced that Britain needs an immigration cut.

Immigration is too high and must be reduced, Mr Cameron said challenging Mr Brown to a ''grown-up'' debate.

Mr Cameron has linked immigration to social policy, ranking it alongside family break-down as a key driver of rising British households. This in turn has pushed up house prices.

''We must recognise that in an advanced, open economy there will be high levels of emigration and immigration,'' he was quoted by the Telegraph as saying.

''But what matters is the net figure, which I believe is currently too high. So we need policy to reduce the level of net immigration,'' he said.

Mr Cameron has balmed the Prime minister's failed social policies for fuelled immigration. ''He assumes we can't do much about family failure, we can't get significant numbers of people off benefits and into work and we use immigration to deal with our capacity shortages. But I don't think it's sustainable.'' In some areas immigrants make up one in eight of the workforce.

Butgovernment funds have not kept pace, he said.

Tories also accused Labour of failing to come to grips with the number of people claiming benefits.

According to 2006 figures, more than 2.4 million people have been claiming benefits for more than five years - 600,000 higher than in 1999.

UNI

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