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Illegal Working in the UK

CSSA Calls on Home Office to simplify proof of right to work in the UK

Following the news that five illegal immigrants have been working in a Home Office building, the Cleaning and Support Services Association (CSSA) moved today to press the Home Office to simplify the rules surrounding the right to work in the UK.

Speaking today, Andrew Large (Director General of the CSSA) said “it is unreasonable of the Home Office to expect employers to understand the 60 different potential documents and passport stamps that can confer the right to work in the UK. I hope that the Home Office will learn from this embarrassing episode and act quickly to introduce a single card showing that a person from overseas can legally work here”.

Currently, employers are held liable if persons that they employ are discovered not to have the right to work in the UK. However, the present system relies on the correct identification of a wide variety of official documents, letters, cards and stamps, with which most employers are not familiar. This coupled with the increasing usage of high quality forgeries and the rise in identity theft makes it impossible for employers to be 100% certain that those they employ from overseas have the right to work in the UK.

Andrew Large added “I look forward to working with the Home Office to resolve this issue. Employers must have a significant input into any new arrangements to ensure that they are workable and efficient.

ENDS

For further information or interview, please contact:

Andrew Large, Director General, CSSA, 112-113, Warnford Court, 29, Throgmorton Street, London, EC2N 2AT. Tel: 020 7920 9632 Fax: 020 7256 9360. Mobile: 07738 935 708

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