31 August 2018
The UK government’s EU Settlement Scheme, under which more than three million EU27 nationals living in Britain will be able to apply to remain in the country after Brexit, was launched in a pilot scheme on Tuesday.
Following the publication earlier in August of a UK government ‘toolkit’ for HR departments at companies with EU employees, the trial will enable 4,000 Europeans working or studying at 12 NHS trusts in NW England, plus EU students and staff at three Liverpool universities, to apply for post-Brexit ‘settled status’.
The government...Read More
27 August 2018
Hamptons International says relocations have trebled since 2010, with buyers drawn by bigger, cheaper houses
Record numbers of London homeowners are selling up to buy cheaper property in the north and Midlands, using profits made in the capital to splurge on bigger homes.
Research by agents Hamptons International found the proportion of Londoners leaving the capital for northern England or the Midlands had tripled since 2010.
The average Londoner quitting the capital pays £424,610 for their new property, enough to buy a large detached house in a good suburb of Birmingham but which only pays for a two-bed flat above a shop in...Read More
21 August 2018
Similar to the rationale above, if certain occupations are deemed ‘in need’, shouldn’t training be at the forefront of the Government’s programme to eliminate the deficit? The Government’s stated purpose for the Immigration Skills Levy had always been to upskill the local workforce to eliminate the need for overseas workers. However, as yet, we have not seen where the proceeds of the skills levy have ended up. Instead, the only discernible effect has been to act as a deterrent to companies sponsoring foreign employees.
The Government should earmark the skills levy collected for a particular sector to...Read More
15 August 2018
UK house price growth slowed in June to the lowest annual rate in five years, driven by falling prices in London, according to official figures.
Average house prices across the country increased 3% in the year to June, down from a 3.5% gain in May, the lowest annual rate since August 2013, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. The average price of a UK home was £228,000 – about £6,000 higher than in June 2017 and £1,000 higher than in May.
However, the slowdown is hitting London hardest. House prices in the capital fell at the fastest annual rate since the...Read More