Derby is right to request cash for migrants, says Beckett
DERBY South MP Dame Margaret Beckett says the city council is right to ask the Government for extra cash following concerns about the cost of more European migrants coming to the area.
The Labour politician made the comments following claims by city officials that they needed to lobby for more money from Whitehall to create better housing and extra school places to help with the problem.
The Normanton-based Jobs, Education and Training Centre has seen a near 200% rise in visitors, mostly from Eastern Europe.
And its chief executive, Mohammed Sharief, said that the problem would worsen next year because of new EU freedom of movement rules.
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Mrs Beckett said: "If the council believes it will face extra costs because of migrants, it is right to approach Government for extra funding, particularly given the fact it has seen a reduction in central funding."
But a spokeswoman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: "All councils have a responsibility to play their part in tackling the deficit left by the last administration."