Post Brexit Immigration Policy (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2019
Reference: 
2019/3993
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in their latest ‘State of Trade Survey’ shows growth in London’s construction industry held back in the final quarter of the 2018. Director of FMB London has called upon the ‘Government to rethink its calamitous post-Brexit immigration policy or else London’s construction sector will grind to a halt.’ Do you support this and how can you assist the SME sector/FMB to maintain growth?

Answer

Post Brexit Immigration Policy (2)

Post Brexit Immigration Policy (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I agree with the FMB’s statement. The Government’s proposed immigration approach would severely damage London’s economy and public services.

Of particular concern is the impact on the construction sector, due to the high proportion of EU citizens in its workforce and the tough restrictions the Government is proposing to impose on future European Economic Area migration. I wrote to the Home Secretary on 11th January urging him to publish impact assessments on how the Government’s proposals would affect its ability to meet its target to build 300,000 new homes.

More broadly, I am supporting the homebuilding sector, including SMEs, through actions set out in my London Housing Strategy. This includes diversifying supply by building more social and other genuinely affordable housing, supporting more homes to be built on small sites through his draft London Plan, and targeting support at small builders through his Small Sites, Small Builders programme.