THE vast majority of the British public do not trust ministers to manage immigration fairly and well, a major survey reveals today. Campaigners warned action was needed to restore public faith after the largest ever public consultation on immigration, involving almost 20,000 people, shows only 13 per cent believe MPs tell the truth about immigration.
The report from the National Conversation on Immigration called for the Government to be judged on a three-year strategy rather than annual net migration targets.
Just 17 per cent think the Government is honest about immigration, the report revealed.
Only 15 per cent think it is handled “competently and fairly”.
Jill Rutter, director of strategy for think tank British Future and co-author of the report, said: “The lack of trust we found in the Government to manage immigration is quite shocking.
“People want to have their voices heard on the choices we make, and to hold their leaders to account on their promises.
“While people do want the UK Government to have more control over who can come to the UK, most of them are ‘balancers’. They recognise the benefits of migration to Britain, both economically and culturally, but also voice concerns about pressures on public services and housing.
“Most people want a system that manages the pressures to secure the gains of immigration, but they don’t trust the Government to deliver it.”
A Home Office spokesman said: “We are committed to bringing net migration down to sustainable levels. There is no consent in Britain for uncontrolled immigration.”