We have intensified our policy work, and deliver strong, focused advocacy to Government based on contributions from our forums.
This work includes:
• Direct, formal representations to Government on policy issues that are particularly important to our membership, ranging from taxation and immigration to aviation and financial services;
• On-going dialogue with Government on a broader range of issues to ensure that they take full account of our members' interests in the development of government policies;
• Expanding series of forums with industry experts and US, UK and EU policy-makers to discuss policy issues ranging from energy, healthcare and the environment to intellectual property, cyber threats, employment law and financial services legislation.
The issues on which we have recently made formal representations to the British government include: overseas workday relief for internationally mobile employees, EU-US trade and economic relations, improvements to the Codes of Practice for sponsored skilled workers coming into the UK, the introduction of an internationally harmonised grace period for patent applications in Europe, the EU's proposals to overhaul current data protection rules, the Government's proposals to place additional limitations on highly skilled workers coming into the UK; changes to the taxation of non-domiciled individuals and statutory residence testing. The Government broadly accepted and responded positively to some of our arguments on these issues (such as, simplification of some of the complex non-dom rules and no further reductions to the current annual limit for non-EU workers until 2014). We will continue to press our on-going concerns over the areas in which we did not receive satisfaction on these issues, as well as our concerns on other issues, over the coming year.
We have previously made formal representations to the UK and/or US Governments on a broad range of issues such as taxation, immigration/visa restrictions, the UK Bribery Act, free trade, aviation and defence (including the UK/US Defence Trade Treaty).
For further information about our past and present policy initiatives please click here