STOP NHS SURCHARGE FOR KEY WORKERS

STOP NHS SURCHARGE FOR KEY WORKERS

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Joseph Edumoh started this petition to UK Parliament

The NHS surcharge has recently been increased to £624 per year from £200 in 2018 for most UK visa applications. This means a typical applicant must pay out nearly £2600 just on fees to the Home Office excluding any legal fees which can typically  be anything between £1000 to £5000. Despite paying taxes and some at the higher rate due to putting in the long hours at work and having "not entitled to public funds" conspicuously written on their biometric cards this financially crippling fee is ruining families and depriving their children of a meaningful and decent care and lifestyle. By any standards it's grossly inhumane for any single individual to pay out that amount of money every 2.5 years and that figure is amplified in a family setting where multiple family members have to make the application. The children in this households are paying a huge price as parents are made to chose between affording their children's basic needs or saving for the ever increasing fees. It's even more galliing and smacks of betrayal when as a key worker you are expected to put on a brave face and go to work to keep government and essential services running but then to be seen as fair game for "hostile environment policies" like this NHS surcharge. 

This fee is like being in a race with others with ur arms tied around your back ; you are already at a disadvantage. Government policies should allow and encourage families to thrive and flourish  rather than be suffocated and have their ambitions limited by it.That money could be the difference between children taking lunch to school, going on school trips, eating decent meals at home, having heating on during winter, spending quality time with parents who have to do more hours  at work to meet up the fees, going on a holiday etc. 

Please let's come together to put an end to this discriminatory, crippling and poverty inducing policy. Thank you!!!

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