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Project to help migrant workers
A scheme to advise migrant workers is to be launched in Wisbech, Cambs.

The 18-month project will initially be based in the town and will cover the Fenlands where a number of migrants work and live.

Groups such as Citizen's Advice East, Luton Law Centre and Shelter will offer workers advice in their own language on housing, training and other issues.

The service is being funded with 132,000 of EU cash and is being supported by employers.

Suitable housing

Friday's launch will be attended by the Labour Cambridgeshire Euro MP, Richard Howitt.

"In Cambridgeshire and across the Fenlands we must recognise the value and benefit we gain from migrant workers, Mr Howitt said.

"Migrant workers often hit brick walls when they come to working here, they face problems even with simple things like opening bank accounts, finding suitable housing or proper childcare.

"This service will be at the front line of tackling these issues, and helping them get to work."

Partners in the project are Cambridge Independent Advice Centre, (CIAC), Legal Services Commission, (LSC), National Institute for Adult Continuing Education, (NIACE), Citizen's Advice East, Luton Law Centre, Mentor, Shelter and Hatch Brenner.

It is estimated that each migrant worker contributes 7,302 in revenue to Cambridgeshire.

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