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28th January 2021


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BiKBBI CEO expresses concern over immigration policy to the PM

* Damien.jpgDamian Walters, chief executive of The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation, has written to The Prime Minister expressing his concerns following the announcement of the Government’s proposed immigration policy, due to take effect next year.

Damien believes the policy has the potential for "catastrophic consequences" for the kitchen, bedroom & bathroom industry and urges the Government to work with Trade Associations to better understand the ‘grass-root challenges’ faced.

In an open letter to the PM, Damien acknowledges the immigration challenges that Her Majesty's Government faces post European Union exit, whilst signposting a report commissioned by the Government and published in 2016 (The Farmer Review of the UK Construction Labour Model), which identifies both an emerging skills gap and failings to address the cause of the problem.

In his letter to Prime Minister, Damian Walters states that whilst the "majority of tradespeople in the UK are highly skilled" they may not themselves meet criteria set around formal qualifications, indicating that those overseas may not either.

Read the full open letter at:


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