George Eustice, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has said the government was “looking at options”, including the Seasonal Agricultural Workers’ Scheme (SAWS), as a means of tackling the current workforce crisis.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, organisations from across the food sector have asked for the urgent implementation of a Covid-19 Recovery Visa to help alleviate the current labour shortages.
Dr Zoe Davies, chief executive of the National Pig Association (NPA), has once again called for urgent action over the 110,000 pigs backed up on farms because of the ongoing labour and CO2 shortages.
Bernard Matthews boss Ranjit Singh Boparan has waded in on the current gas shortages, warning that the crisis could jeopardise food supplies and ruin Christmas unless the government intervenes.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced more HGV tests will be made available each year primarily by shortening the application process and the tests themselves. The government has announced plans to accelerate the process of obtaining an HGV driver licence as a means of tackling the nation-wide labour shortages. The UK faces a current shortfall of around 90,000 HGV drivers. In a written statement to the House of Commons,...
The just-in-time supply system may never work again, resulting in “permanent shortages”, according to the Food and Drink Federation’s chief executive Ian Wright.