The Queen’s Speech to mark the beginning of the 2013-14 parliamentary session took place on 8 May 2013. Among the issues highlighted in the agenda for the coming year was immigration, regarding which a new Immigration Bill was revealed.
Such measures are likely to be a response by the coalition government to the growth in the popularity of the UK Independence Party, who enjoyed large gains in last week’s local elections on the back of anti-immigration and anti-European sentiment. The bill will, among other things, compel private landlords to check the immigration status of potential tenants; this will involve obtaining copies of passports and necessary visas. As yet undetermined fines will await those who do not comply with the new law.
Unclear how landlords wil be expected to confirm imigration status of tenants
However, it is currently unclear how such laws will be enforced, and how the 2 million buy to let landlords in the UK will be expected to confirm the authenticity of a prospective tenants’ immigration status.
In an interview with John Humphrys on the morning preceding the speech, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt claimed that the announcement was not necessarily a new bill, but an “[area] we are going to tackle” – running contrary to the typical nature of the Queen’s Speech, in which new legislation is announced. His further assertion that they would announce the details “in due course” prompted Humphrys to accuse the government of creating new laws “without having thought it through.”
Since the bills anouncement original anouncement in the Queens Speech in 2013, the legislation has progresed to a sconding reading as of October 2015. Though the 2015 Deregulation Act contained mainy changes for UK landlords. The governement has kept the immigration element separate under the above specialist bill.