The BFFF was a co-sponsor of a report produced by 12 trade bodies highlighting the critical shortage of labour in the food supply chain.
Whilst the severe shortage of HGV drivers has grabbed the headlines our research of the challenges faced by members showed a wider issue with shortages across many skills.
12 other trade bodies involved in the report showed a similar position with a shortage of labour across many critical skills.
The report which can be accessed by following this link has been circulated to a wide range of Government departments and MPs with a key request for the introduction of a 12-month temporary Covid19 Recovery Visa to enable the food supply chain to fill roles with overseas workers.
Other requests are for an extension of the Seasonal Worker Scheme combined with the Migration Advisory Committee being asked to review the impact of the current Immigration Policy on the food and drink sector.
We would also suggest members write to their local MP urging them to press the Government for concrete action. We have drafted a letter for members which can be accessed here. Members can find the details of their local MP by following this link.