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London councils pledge to work with businesses to soften Brexit blow

PUBLISHED: 15:53 12 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:55 12 October 2016

London's councils are to work with businesses on Brexit

London's councils are to work with businesses on Brexit

BrianAJackson

A devolved skills system for the capital is under consideration

London’s councils have pledged to cooperate with businesses to ensure the capital continues to thrive in the wake of Brexit.

Leader of Southwark Council Peter John, who has been elected deputy chair of London Councils with special responsibility for business, skills and Brexit, called for a devolved skills system to benefit residents and businesses.

Councillor John said: “The capital’s businesses large and small are the life blood of the boroughs and we are committed to supporting them meet the challenges they face.

“The uncertainty following the vote to leave the European Union has increased the pressures on them and we are particularly concerned that we work together at pan-London level to meet the skills challenge of the future. London’s businesses need the people with skills to grow our economy and Londoners need the skills to succeed in the jobs market.

“The national skills system has failed London and we need a new devolved skills system – for Londoners and run by Londoners – that delivers for the people and businesses of the city.

“I will continue to campaign to protect London schools funding and to ensure we have enough school places in the capital as London Councils has done over the past five years.

“London is in a unique situation where we have great schools and great universities, but there is a missing element in between and many Londoners are left behind. We need to start changing that now.”

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