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London First response to Theresa May on immigration cap comments

Responding to Theresa May’s comments that business must stop complaining about the immigration cap, Responding to Theresa May’s comments that business must stop complaining about the immigration cap, Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First said:

“Constant finger pointing from Government is not helpful. The succession of changes to immigration rules, the perception that policy is capricious, and ‘consultation fatigue’ are jeopardising workforce and business planning and undermined confidence in the system. In education, recent changes to the student visa system have created a perception that genuine students aren’t welcome. 65% of International students in a recent NUS survey said they would not recommend, or are unsure whether they would recommend the UK as a place to study, as a direct result of Government policy.

“Government makes all the right noises in speeches – acknowledging the benefit of attracting talent from around the world – but it must now match this rhetoric with actions that demonstrate that the UK is open for business.”

Notes to Editors

London First is a business membership organisation whose mission is to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure

London First delivers its activities with the support of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes all of London’s universities as well as further education colleges and NHS hospital trusts.

London First members represent over a quarter of London’s GDP.

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