On Wednesday 25 April, Greg Hands MP (Conservative, Hammersmith and Fulham), will lead a short debate in the UK Parliament to highlight the unfair nature of the restrictions placed on Romanian and Bulgarians seeking to work in the UK. The purpose of his debate will be to demonstrate that the worker restrictions introduced for Romanian and Bulgarians are ineffective (there are many legal ways around them), costly (having this system in place costs the UK government many millions), unfairly discriminatory (Romanians and Bulgarians are being treated as second class citizens), and counter-productive (they can force people to work illegally, or force them into the hands of criminals or people traffickers). For these reasons we consider it would be better to abandon the restrictions and allow Bulgarians and Romanians free access to the UK labour market. To help Greg make the case for this change we urgently need information from Romanians in the UK. We want to know: What are your experiences of getting information from the British government about your entitlement to work in the UK. Is information easily accessible in Romanian? Do you have to phone helplines but wait for a long time before your call is answered? Is the advice you are given understandable and consistent? (do different government departments, or even people from the same department, give you contradictory information). Are you being charged for advice or what costs do you incur getting this advice. What is your experience of working as self-employed? Do you have difficulty demonstrating your self-employed status? Have you been fined because you are not clear what evidence you need to produce to demonstrate your self employed status. If you are already legally entitled to work in the UK, do you find some employers are reluctant to employ you because you are Romanian? Are you a student and have difficulty convincing employers you are entitled to work legally in the UK? Are there other areas - not directly related to work - in which you feel Romanians are not yet treated as full EU members. Even if you are working illegally - but want to work legally and are prevented from doing this by the law - we want to hear from you. Have you been asked to pay an employment agency or company in order to get a illegal job? All information provided is entirely confidential, and no names will be used at any time. Please respond in English only to romanianevents [at] googlemail.com, no later than Monday 23 April. Also note, we cannot intervene in individual cases, but through the information you provide we do hope to challenge the entire system of worker restrictions.