The Immigration Health Surcharge

Most non-EEA nationals applying for temporary leave to remain in the UK must pay an ‘Immigration Health Surcharge’ (IHS) to the Home Office, in addition to the immigration application fee. The Government has a manifesto commitment to increase the charge and extend it to EEA nationals after the Brexit transition period. The charge, and the proposed increases, have generated some controversy, particularly against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic. The are calls for the Government to abolish it, or at least in respect of healthcare workers.…

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Coronavirus: health and social care key issues and sources

This Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of key issues facing the NHS and social care services during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, and links to official UK and international guidance and data. It also lists other reliable sources of information in the health and social care sector, including comment from organisations representing patients, staff and service providers. First published on 7 April 2020, this briefing paper was last updated on 15 May 2020.…

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