IN response to Coun David Owens and Stephen Wyatt's letters in the Target on December 10, the point of my previous letter was to demonstrate there is an important positive side to immigration – the argument not being entirely one-sided as they might imply.
The fact of the matter is that over the next 10 to 15 years the over 65s will represent one in four of the population (not working population) and without immigrants settling in the UK future basic state pension could be put in danger or at least consigning would be pensioners to continue to work until 68 and beyond as many are already doing.
Immigrant numbers are already dwindling as a number are now returning home and with the value of sterling falling 30 per cent for instance against the Polish currency, the exodus may well accelerate. Some economists don't think this helps the UK recovery.
However, as Coun David Owens will discover, the council does have an excellent leaflet on this subject entitled Migrant Workers: Myth Busting which should be read before jumping to conclusions.
Finally, just picking up on one point Mr Wyatt made relating to wages, the wages paid to immigrants by responsible employers are exactly the same as would be paid to anyone else and perhaps the main reason why wages have been kept low in Boston is because of the aggressive purchasing policies of the supermarkets. And we all patronise supermarkets, don't we?
Coun Richard Lenton