Migrant rules for hospitality and tourism must be relaxed by Priti Patel – Tim Farron


Interior Minister Priti Patel has agreed to meet MP Tim Farron to discuss migration policy and its impact on the hospitality industry,

These are the same companies that, against all odds, managed to fight back and outlast whatever was thrown at them during the pandemic.

Being told to shut down multiple times, to apply restrictions with little guidance and often with even less reason or common sense behind them, and with almost no financial support from the Chancellor for many, especially those who are independent.

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So I can’t begin to tell you how utterly frustrating and heartbreaking it is to see so many of these companies now on their knees just because they can’t find the staff to operate.

Tim Farron is the Lib Dem MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale. He is also a former party leader.

Every week I hear about bars, cafes, restaurants and pubs being forced to close due to the staff crisis.

The latest research has revealed that 85% of companies in the industry are struggling with recruiting issues. More than half of the companies surveyed cited the loss of European staff after Brexit when they tried to find staff.

Indeed, at a time when businesses are looking to get back on their feet after an incredibly brutal 18 months, this government has decided to introduce new immigration rules which mean that it has become impossible to recruit the workforce. that companies once could in the European Union.

To add insult to injury, people in and around Cumbria find it impossible to work in the industry because they simply cannot afford a home here in the Lake District.

Interior Minister Priti Patel has agreed to meet MP Tim Farron to discuss migration policy and its impact on the hospitality industry,

The explosion in the number of second homes and vacation rentals is pushing young people away from the housing market. We have seen a 32% increase. 100 of the number of vacation rentals in my riding in the past 12 months. After speaking to dozens of real estate agents across the county, I know that the proportion of homes purchased during this period that enter the second home market ranges from 40 to 80%.

At the start of the pandemic, South Lakeland had an average family income of £ 26,000 and an average house price of £ 250,000, showing a serious problem from the start. This problem was massively exacerbated during this period.

Meanwhile, I hear more and more disturbing stories of local families being evicted from their homes because their landlord realized they could make a few more pounds by putting them on the vacation rental market. . In Ambleside, a local woman paying £ 700 per month in rent has been evicted by her landlord so she can earn £ 1,000 per week on AirBnB. It cannot continue.

So what is the answer to these two big issues causing the personnel crisis?

Interior Minister Priti Patel has agreed to meet MP Tim Farron to discuss migration policy and its impact on the hospitality industry,

Well, a quick and sensible solution that I, as well as many Conservative backbenchers, advocate to solve the problem of attracting foreign workers is to extend the government’s visa for the mobility program. young people in European countries.

The device, which allows young people between the ages of 18 and 30 to come and work in Britain, is currently only available to people living in Australia, Canada, Monaco, New Zealand and San Marino. Why wouldn’t we want to give this same opportunity to young people from neighboring countries who could help save so many local businesses from bankruptcy?

To recruit local workers, we desperately need to build more affordable houses. But our communities also need the powers to prevent every home on the market from being sold as a “second home” and the ability to limit the number of vacation homes. That’s why I’m calling for new planning classes for second homes and vacation rentals, so people need to apply for permission before removing a home from the local building stock.

The government therefore has a clear choice before it. He can either stick to his ill-conceived visa rules and continue to sit on his hands when it comes to the second home crisis, leaving many more companies to fall into the wall, thousands of UK workers locals losing their jobs as a result. Or he can start living in the real world, immediately change course and save the UK economy from being crippled by his own stupid policies.

Last week, the Home Secretary agreed to meet with me and hospitality executives to discuss these issues and the urgent need to resolve them. I hope she is listening.

Tim Farron is the Lib Dem MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale. He is also a former party leader.

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