UK plans to increase visa processing fees for immigration and medical services

The UK Government will increase migration visa fees and national health services to support public sector wage growth. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has revealed the government’s plan to increase the immigrant visa application fee and the immigrant medical surcharge.

The fee increase is aimed at generating substantial funds to finance wage increases in the public sector.
At a press conference in London, Prime Minister Sunak said: “First of all, we will increase the fees for migrants who come to this country when they apply for a visa.”

According to local reports, the Prime Minister further mentioned the immigrant medical surcharge that migrants have to pay to access the National Health Service (NHS). The adjustment of these fees is expected to generate more than £1 billion in revenue.

Along with the move, Prime Minister Sunak called on unions to suspend planned and ongoing industrial activities, saying he had reached a “fair deal” for workers. He expressed his thoughts in a tweet: “We have just announced a fair way to end the strikes – and all the teachers unions support that. It’s a good deal for workers. And a fair deal for UK taxpayers.

This is a huge breakthrough for parents and families across the country.”

I just announced a fair way to end the strikes – and already ALL teaching unions are backing it.

It’s a fair deal for workers.

And a fair deal for the British taxpayer.

This is a major breakthrough for parents and

families across the country.

Here’s what it means 🧵

— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) July 13, 2023 ”

The proposed deal involves wage increases for various sectors. Police officers will get a 7% pay rise between 2023-24, while teachers, senior NHS staff and junior doctors will get a pay rise of 6%, 6% and 6.5% respectively. , as well as additional one-time payments. .

Armed forces personnel will receive a 5% raise, with a one-time payment. Current inflation of the country rate stands at 8.7%, far above the Bank of England’s 2% target. In this regard, the Prime Minister emphasized the final nature of the offer, saying: “Today’s offer is final. There won’t be much discussion about salary.

We will not negotiate any further settlements this year and no amount of strikes is likely to change our mind. He said he believes dynamics in public services are changing and that the majority of people committed to serving others are returning to work.

Reports from associations, universities and think tanks say the UK government has faced major strikes in most sectors due to the impact of the war in Ukraine, Brexit and the growing crisis. cost of living.

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