Today, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in his first budget speech, announced an increase in the immigration health surcharge from the current £400 to £624, a whopping rise of 66%.
Since 2015, when the immigration health surcharge was brought into existence at only £200, it has gone up by more than 300%.
When considering the fact that migrants who are in employment already make national insurance contributions, the health surcharge seems grossly unfair. By paying both national insurance and the immigration health surcharge, they will in effect be paying twice for receiving treatment from the NHS; if indeed they actually use it at all.
Once again the government has unfairly targeted migrants in a way that makes the UK less attractive a destination for foreign workers.