Cornwall Council’s Lib Dems have issued a statement on immigration policy and unskilled workers. They say:
Tory Government’s immigration proposals will damage Cornish economy.
The Tory Government has announced that there will be no visas for unskilled workers to work in the UK and that skilled workers will have to earn over £20,000 to apply for a work permit.
Liberal Democrats at Cornwall Council have fought for a post-Brexit work permit scheme that meets Cornwall’s distinctive economic needs.
The new Tory rules mean that the NHS, care homes, fishing and farming will struggle to find enough employees to provide essential services.
Responding to the Government’s proposed changes to migration rules, Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council, Adam Paynter said,
“Vital Cornish services and industries such as tourism, care homes, farming and fishing rely on bringing labour in. As a farmer, I know the importance to Cornwall’s economy and services of these workers.
Too many businesses are already struggling to hire the workers they need. Now the Tories want to stop them recruiting all but the highest paid employees from abroad.
Now that the election is over the Tories have failed to deliver on their promises. We will hold them to account and continue to fight for an effective immigration system that works for the Cornish economy.”