Postponement of the 24/02/2020 West Midlands Regional Seminar

Taking into account the current weather & flooding situation across the country we have decided to postpone the West Midlands Regional Seminar which was supposed to take place this upcoming Monday, 24th of February 2020 at Stafford Borough Council.
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Farmers criticise plans for migrant workers

Following the Government’s new visa scheme announcement on Thursday, several farmers’ associations have criticised the plans as, ‘simply not enough’.

The new visa scheme, announced by the Home Secretary and the Environment Secretary, will allow 2,500 migrant workers per year into the UK for six months to alleviate fruit and vegetable farms during harvests.

It is due to start in spring 2019 and will run until December 2020. But chairman of British Summer Fruits, Nick Marston, has said that 10,000 workers are needed immediately.

Ali Capper, chair of the National Farmers’ Union horticultural and potatoes board, echoed this view saying that 11,500 seasonal workers were needed by 2021 to keep up with demand.

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→ THE GURADIAN - Brexit: farmers criticise temporary agricultural worker visa scheme

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