David Cameron to lead new immigration taskforce
In order to oversee delivery of policy pledges, Prime Minister David Cameron himself has taken a personal charge of an immigration taskforce a part of Conservatives’ promise to reduce net migration to “tens of thousands”.
The move echoes Tony Blair’s No 10 “Delivery Unit”, which was abolished by the coalition government in 2010.In all, 10 taskforces are being created which will be chaired by ministers and track policy implementation progress.
Membership of the taskforce includes senior cabinet members, among them Home Secretary Theresa May and Chancellor George Osborne.
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Oliver Letwin, the government’s policy star, will also be a member. He will also chair the cabinet committee on home affairs.
Immigration, which the Labour Government failed to curb has been the prime agenda of the Tories. In May, the prime minister vowed that he would not give up on his aim, despite net migration rising by 50% to 318,000 last year – its highest level for a decade.
The group’s terms of reference also include controlling migration from the European Union, by reforming welfare rules and “reducing reliance on migrant labour”, among other measures.
Apart from immigration, the Taskforce will also oversee progress in troubled families, exports, digital infrastructure, health and social care, “earn or learn” and foreign fighters returning to the UK from Syria and Iraq.
A separate cabinet committee chaired by Mr Hammond will consider other issues related to the EU.
In all, there will be 14 committees, including the national security committee and its sub committees – all of which will be steered by Mr Cameron.
Each will report to the cabinet and the prime minister on specific policy areas and decisions made.