The Local Government Association's report on the impact of migration presents a powerful case for more funding of public services in areas experiencing the sharpest increases in demand.

As well as highlighting the difficulties of migrants accessing health services through GPs - they often resort to accident and emergency units instead - it stresses the impact on mental health services struggling to help traumatised asylum-seekers and refugees (for the full story, click here).

Maternity services are also causing concern, with many pregnant migrants entering the system much later than they should be, impeding service planning and risking complications.

The government argues with conviction that migration brings significant benefits to the public coffers. But it is short-sighted and irrational not to ensure significantly more of this cash is pushed through to the frontline services providing vital support to these communities.

As well as putting unnecessary strain on the NHS, taking migrants' taxes while failing to adequately supply them with services has the whiff of exploitation.