29 October 2015
The Commission welcomes the provisions in the Immigration Bill designed to tackle illegal working and enhance the enforcement of labour market rules.
However, our view is that the way in which the changes are proposed could have the unintended consequence of undermining the Government’s policy intention and potentially damage progress made on other issues, such as stop and search. We have previously made the point that if the overarching impact assessment accompanying the Bill included consideration of the equality impact required by s149 of the Equality Act, this would be significant in assisting Parliamentarians to fully understand and debate the different provisions contained within the Bill. We are aware that an equality statement was published on 27 October 2015. While we welcome this development, we would strongly recommend that equality assessments of each proposal are conducted at an earlier and more formative stage.
We have also raised particular concerns about Parts 2, and Schedule 6 of the Bill with regard to compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
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