Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, Jasmine Whitbread, Chief Executive of London First, said:
“With a thumping majority, the Government should face little challenge in getting the Withdrawal Agreement Bill through Parliament. For business, the key concern will be making sure that the government strikes a deal with the EU that supports jobs and growth across the country.
“Businesses will be pleased that the Government is looking to take action on business rates, and is committed to developing the UK’s infrastructure, including gigabit capability. Underpinning the domestic infrastructure will give firms the confidence to grow, invest, and trade. However, we will need to see a strong commitment to airport expansion, HS2, and Crossrail 2, which is critical to the capital’s future as a global city.
“The government should create an independent evidence-based migration office to ensure that any points-based immigration system avoids decimating key sectors with an arbitrary £30,000 salary threshold, as this would disproportionately hit healthcare, construction and hospitality.
“Businesses will need further detail on the National Skills Fund, but the government must commit to urgent reform of the apprenticeship levy so that new opportunities are created for home-grown talent.”
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