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Following on from the introduction of our Right2Rent service in December 2014 which provides landlords and letting agents with checks to confirm that their tenants have the right to rent properties in the UK as required by the Immigration Act 2014, it seems we have been generating an enormous amount of interest in the press. Below are a selection of recent articles which quote our Associate Solicitor, Mark Lilley-Tams. With over 2,000 followers on Twitter and a rapidly growing client base, it is great to see this arm of our business getting the attention it deserves. 

http://www.yourmortgage.co.uk/buy-to-let/landlords-must-prepare-for-right-to-rent/?ac=5&as=151

 

https://www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2015/7/warning-over-agents-right-to-rent-discrimination-claims

 

http://www.mortgageintroducer.com/mortgages/253098/4/Daily_news/Concerns_raised_on_right_to_rent_laws.htm

 

 

For further information about the services provided by Right2Rent please visit www.right2rent.co.uk or email enquiries@right2rent.co.uk.

 

Whilst the Conservative Government can rely on favourable statistics with regard to their handling of the UK economy the Office of National Statistics (ONS) on immigration to the UK (see figures below) however would suggest that the government has failed in their immigration policy.

 

I would argue that the perceived failure is of the government’s own making for pledging to cut immigration to the tens of thousands (which is now an “aim” as opposed to a “promise”) and which was fanciful and unrealistic.  Matters such as a UK aging population, skills shortages in many sectors of the UK economy (which will take generations or more to rectify) and the fact that there are settled communities in the UK who will always have the need to invite loved ones means that a figures of tens of thousands is not going to be achieved and the government needs to be more honest about this.

 

I did welcome David Cameron’s statement of intent in his speech yesterday where it would appear that there is a shift of focus to “illegal” working and “illegal” immigration.  This will inevitably lead to business owners, employers and landlords contributing to the policing of immigration control in the UK (more about this in the future article). Ultimately it is important that “all” immigration is tarnished with the same brush approach.

 

Business groups have urged the government to be clear that the UK will continue to welcome the brightest and the best from around the world to study at our universities and to contribute through work, investment or entrepreneurship to the UK economy.  In the previous Term this government tarnished our reputation abroad by giving a perception that UK is not welcoming to migrants. This was as a consequence of too much pandering to the UKIP debate and generally tarnishing “all types” of immigration as being damaging to the UK.  Often, statements of Ministers were picked up negatively by overseas media such as India (from where there has been a reduction in international students by 7%) which consequently is bound to have an effect on the other important stated aim to the UK economy – trade and investment with the rest of the world.

 

In a future article I will discuss the specific policy changes which are likely to affect you as an employer or as a business owner who relies on overseas workers.  For now you will see below the key figures from the ONS statistics which have resulted in the knee-jerk reactions:

 

The Key Immigration Figures for 2014 Compared To 2013 at a Glance

 

    2014

 

2013

 

 

Immigration           641,000

 

          526,000

 

Emigration  

 

         323,000            317,000
Net Migration  

 

         318,000              209,000
EU Immigration  

 

         268,000              201,000
Non EU Immigration  

 

         290,000              248,000
Immigration For Work Purposes

 

 

 

         284,000              214,000
Work Related Visa’s Granted

 

 

 

         119,883              108,876
Immigration For Study

 

           193,000              177,000
Immigration To Join Family Members

 

           91,000            71,000
Asylum Applications

 

           25,020          23,803