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Government announces first additional SAWS operator

The seasonal agricultural workers scheme was expanded to 30,000 permits in December

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Farm labour crisis looming with Covid rates high in Europe

Thousands of new coronavirus cases have been recorded in key countries for recruitment, such as Bulgaria and Romania, over the past week

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Real-terms funding for GLAA declines despite rise in cases

The GLAA’s accounts showed net expenditure grew 6% to £6.6m in the year to 31 March 2020, but Home Office funding only increased 2.3% 

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Fruit & veg industry ‘nervous’ over seasonal worker uncertainty

Chair of the NFU’s horticulture and potatoes board, Ali Capper, has warned the timeline for SAWS was causing ‘nervousness’

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Growers welcome extension to post-Brexit seasonal workers pilot

The pilot scheme allows migrant labour to enter the UK to work for a six-month period

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MPs urge government to change course on post-Brexit immigration

The Efra Committee suggested the UK could see food prices go up unless more was done to resolve questions around labour

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Extend non-UK labour scheme or face price hikes and shortages, growers warn

Data from industry bodies showed the UK-resident workforce is not big or reliable enough to fulfil growers’ labour needs

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Eustice accused of overstating Pick for Britain scheme impact

The environment secretary’s claim a third of workers in produce supply chains were British has been dismissed by industry sources

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Expand SAWS or expect growers to close down, NFU Scotland warns MPs

The Scottish industry body has called for ‘urgent clarity’ ahead of the 31 December Brexit deadline

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Food sector underprepared for cliff-edge labour crisis, MPs hear

Many businesses were not ready for new immigration rules and would stuggle to plan for their workforce, warned the FDF’s Tim Rycroft