Response to the Migration Advisory Committee call for evidence into the contribution of European Economic Area (EEA) workers in the UK labour market, October 2017

A key issue for local government is business continuity and the ability to plan for the sustainability of essential public services and that local private and public sector employers have a steady supply of the skills they need to thrive and grow.


Local government is uniquely placed to understand the differing consequences of Brexit on local communities. After all it is in our towns, cities and non-metropolitan areas across the country that the real effects will be felt. This is because local government is responsible for providing and commissioning essential services for its residents ranging from social work and social care to refuse collection and highways maintenance. Councils are often one of the largest employers in a local area. As leaders of place, councils have a unique insight and interest in ensuring the needs of employers in the wider local economy – both large and small − are understood, as well as met.

A key issue for local government is business continuity and the ability to plan for the sustainability of essential public services and that local private and public sector employers have a steady supply of the skills they need to thrive and grow.

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