Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, Jasmine Whitbread, Chief Executive of London First, said:
“The Government’s priority must be to avoid leaving the EU without a deal. Given the huge uncertainty over Brexit, it is hard to see how any of the proposals announced in the Queen’s Speech will see the light of day.”
On immigration: “A points-based system must recognise that we won’t keep our economy at full strength if we decimate key sectors with an arbitrary £30,000 salary threshold, as this would hit healthcare, construction and hospitality disproportionately hard. The new system must also work for the whole country, so that our economy can thrive and our regions can grow together.”
On education: “A commitment to helping young people reach their full potential and prepare for the world of work is welcome, but further reform of the apprenticeship levy must be brought forward to make the system more flexible and responsive to local needs, if we are to turn that aspiration into reality.”
On infrastructure: “The speech made welcome commitments to rolling out faster, more reliable broadband networks as well as bringing forward an Aviation Bill to modernise how our airspace is managed, and it is now critical that the Government brings forward its national infrastructure strategy as quickly as possible. The Government must commit to investing a minimum of 1.2% of GDP in infrastructure and implementing the National Infrastructure Assessment recommendations.”
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