BBPA responds to Migration Advisory Committee report

The British Beer & Pub Association has today responded to the Migration Advisory Committee report on a points-based system and salary thresholds for immigration.

Commenting on the report, Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said, “The MAC has listened to our calls to reduce the £30,000 minimum salary threshold for skilled workers, but the proposed threshold will still present significant challenges for pubs.

'On this basis we welcome the proposal for temporary worker routes and sector-based schemes and we will be writing to the MAC calling for a hospitality-based scheme.

“A new immigration system must work for pubs. 85% of pubs are SMEs and the new system must be simple for them to use, particularly the sponsorship process. We want to work with the Government to create an immigration system that can support a thriving pub sector and will continue to engage constructively with the MAC in its changing role.

'We would also reiterate our concerns around the ambitious implementation timetable for these reforms.”