Recruitment and skills challenges are our members’ number one concerns.

That’s why Cumbria Tourism has been lobbying extensively to influence the forthcoming immigration system.

However, last week’s Government policy announcement has stated there will be no ‘general low skilled or temporary work route’ for the tourism and hospitality sector and foreign languages do not appear to be included in the new points based system.

We have already raised serious concerns that this fails to understand our county’s unique recruitment challenges and that if implemented would cause significant damage to our £3bn industry. We have secured a place as part of a small working group, including UKinbound and other tourism and hospitality associations, and are collaborating on a campaign to ensure that Government understands the pressures that the industry, and in particular Cumbria, is under in terms of recruitment and retention which will only be exacerbated by the end of Free Movement.

We now have just a short window of opportunity to demonstrate the impact, and your evidence is critical to help us illustrate our points strongly and clearly.

As one of the leading destinations in the UK this research, supported by our partners Lamont Pridmore, will become part of our lobby to local MPs and to Government to get this initial policy changed for the benefit of Cumbria and the UK.


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