VICTORIA GILLICK has produced a lengthy and detailed report on the effects of immigration on Wisbech. You may not agree with her conclusions, but all her statistics have been collected via Freedom of Information requests. As stated in earlier blogs, I neither endorse nor refute anything in the report. It is up to you, the reader, to come to your own conclusions. I have been hosting her report in installments, but if you wish to downloaded a copy of the complete document, you can do so from this link. It is a Microsoft Word document.
Renting or buying decent affordable homes in the private sector was soon well beyond the pockets of hard-pressed Fen families. More and more of them were therefore obliged to turn to the Council for social housing, almost half of the applicants coming from Wisbech.
Before long the Government had introduced the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS), whereby local employers were able to import an entire foreign workforce for rock-bottom wages. In 2009 the saintly Co-op was given the go-ahead by Fenland Council to build 108 mobile homes and a communal centre on its farm at Coldham near March, to house 430 newly imported and minimally paid migrants.35 As it happened the scheme never actually went ahead, and by 2014 the Co-op's dire national finances led to the sale of all its farms businesses to the Wellcome Trust.