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NFU 'pushing back' on new labour policy

The NFU is resisting Government plans laid out in the Immigration White Paper, which impose a 12 month in, 12 month out policy, meaning farm workers would have to return home after a year in the UK.

Chairing the ‘cracking the labour nut’ seminar at NFU Conference, Ali Capper, NFU horticulture and potatoes board chairman said: “We are pushing back quite hard on this and we have a meeting later this morning with the Home Office, so I am looking forward to being able to discuss the issues the Immigration White Paper raises.”


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Mrs Capper also said the NFU will make expanding the Seasonal Workers Pilot (SWP) scheme from 2,500 workers to 10,000 a priority this year.

She said: “While I was delighted when the Government announced the new scheme, 2,500 permits are not enough when you have shortages of 8-10,000, so the NFU has been asking for 2,500 to become 10,000.

“We will need to see significant increases next year regardless of what happens with Brexit and deal or no-deal. And assuming there is a deal and we exit the EU in 2020, we really will need this scheme to be fit for purpose.”

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