In November 2016 the Government launched a new ‘Controlling Migration Fund’ (CMF) for local authorities in England. A total of £140 million will be available over the four financial years from 2016-17 to 2019-20. £33 million has been distributed through the Fund so far.Jump to full report >>
In November 2016 the Government launched a new ‘Controlling Migration Fund’ (CMF) for local authorities in England. A total of £140 million will be available over the four financial years from 2016-17 to 2019-20.
The Fund is split into two parts:
Local authorities in England can submit proposals for CMF funding. Central government can also direct CMF funding, such as in response to “strategic priorities … or unexpected emergencies”.
The Fund effectively replaces the ‘Migration Impacts Fund’ (MIF), which was launched by Labour in 2009 to assist local communities to manage the transitional impacts of migration on the provision of public services. The MIF was abolished by the Coalition Government in 2010, as a cost-saving measure.
The CMF’s total budget is the same as the MIF’s, and there have been criticisms that this is inadequate.
The CMF places a greater emphasis on immigration enforcement and compliance activities compared to the MIF. Also, it is only open to local authorities in England (unlike the MIF). In many other respects the CMF appears to have more in common with the MIF than other suggested models.
In recent years, think-tanks and policy commentators from across the political spectrum have backed the idea of an immigration impacts fund. Common suggestions include financing this through a levy on immigration applications or through immigrants’ tax contributions; devolving responsibility for funding decisions and priorities to local areas; and allowing money to be used to mitigate the effects of increased demand for public services and local infrastructure.