Cumbria Tourism is continuing its efforts to influence the Government’s Immigration Policy.
It is asking Government to recognise the catastrophic effect of a reduced EU labour pool and to ensure the county’s unique set of circumstances are accounted for.
The industry supports 67,000 jobs and at the same time Cumbria has almost full employment. In South Lakes, the area that houses the majority of the Lake District National Park, there are less than 300 unemployed claimants.
It is also projected that the working population (16-64) will shrink by between 1,500-2,000 pa by 2030. Your evidence, via the last Cumbria Tourism Business Performance Survey, demonstrates that the recruitment issue is becoming increasingly urgent with 77% of respondents stating recruitment is a problem and retention an issue for 48%.
The Migratory Advisory Committee, which is advising Government, recently recommended pilots of special visas for ‘remote areas’, something Cumbria Tourism has been calling for since 2017.
To strengthen its voice further Cumbria Tourism has now taken up a place alongside national bodies including UK Hospitality, UKinbound, The Tourism Alliance, ABTA and ETOA and is working with them to ensure the tourism sector’s needs in terms of the forthcoming Policy and Cumbria’s special case is understood and fully considered.
Last week Cumbria Tourism members met with Westmorland and Lonsdale MP, Tim Farron, to seek his continued support in helping make the case with Government that reducing the ability for EU nationals to work and settle where would cause major issues, limiting businesses who could otherwise expand.