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It is hoped the waiver will help fix fuel and food shortages as complaints grow over empty shelves.
A consultation is also being launched into companies’ “cabotage” rights, with Whitehall proposing to extend them in order to prevent shops running out of goods or putting prices up in the run up to Natal.
Mr Shapps claimed on Friday morning the holidays were not at risk from consumer shortages, reassuring the British public instead that “there will be food [e] there will be gifts”.
Falando para Times Radio, he blamed the “squeeze” on the “entire world’s supply chain” on post-Covid activity as well as the UK’s “expanding economy”.
“But we’re taking a whole range of measures," ele disse, “including one that I’m announcing today about the way lorry drivers from abroad pick up and drop things off … that will mean they can, in an unlimited way by Christmas, pick up and drop off goods within this country within a 14-day period.”
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RHA slams ‘pathetic’ decision to allow non-UK drivers ‘unlimited’ work
It seems not everyone in the industry is happy about the government easing cabotage rules for foreign lorry drivers.
Rod McKenzie, managing director of policy and public affairs of the Road Haulage Association, said changing the visa processes for overseas hauliers amounted to “taking work from British operators and drivers”.
“I spoke to some of our members last night and they were appalled – ‘ridiculous, pathetic, gobsmacked’ were some of their more broadcastable comments,”Disse à BBC Radio 4’s Hoje programa.
“The government has been talking about a high-wage, high-skill economy and not pulling the lever marked ‘uncontrolled immigration’, and to them this is exactly what it looks like.
“Allowing overseas companies and drivers to come over for perhaps up to six months on a fortnightly basis to do unlimited work at low rates, undercutting UK hauliers.
“So this is about taking work from British operators and drivers and giving it to Europeans who don’t pay tax here and pay peanuts to their drivers.”
Mr McKenzie then told the BBC “cabotage is sabotage” before logging off.
Government to let 800 more foreign butchers into UK
Seguindo minha última postagem, here’s some more detail on the decision to let up to 800 foreign butchers work in the UK temporarily.
The government announced that pork butchers from overseas can apply up until 31 December for the visas that would allow them to work in the UK for six months.
The move is temporary, and the scheme is in addition to foreign butchers already being eligible since December 2020 to apply to come to the UK through the existing skilled worker route, relatórios Adam Forrest.
Under the plans, there will also be funding for additional meat storage, moves to introduce processing of animals on Saturdays, and the potential for longer working hours.
Six-month visa scheme is to be temporary
Pig industry ‘positive’ after govt issues 800 visas to butchers
A leading pig vet has said there is a “general positive feeling” in the industry after the government decided to issue up to 800 foreign butchers with temporary visas over fears that as many as 150,000 British pigs could be culled due to a backlog in abbatoirs.
Duncan Berkshire told BBC Radio 4’s Hoje programme there was a “light at the end of the tunnel” after Boris Johnson “and the government have indeed now listened, that they’ve engaged properly this week, which has been a relief, and there is an element of a light at the end of that tunnel”.
Speaking about the incoming butchers, ele adicionou: “We need that to be swift, we need them to be over here as soon as possible and we need them to be on the butchery lines as soon as possible.”
Port boss questions government’s confidence on supply issues
The head of a port group has said that despite the government saying the supply chain crisis is getting better, we should not “fool ourselves”.
Tim Morris, head of the Major Ports Group, told Sky News: “This week has seen improvements in what we call stack levels, so the amount of containers, por exemplo, sat on the ground. But let’s not fool ourselves, it has been an extraordinarily busy 12 months now.
“And what we’ve seen over the last week, fortnight, have been some of the UK supply chain congestion issues sort of matching up and catching ports … between surging global demand and shipping and very congested inland here in the UK.”
Despite this warning, Apesar, Mr Morris said while there will be “one or two bumps in the road” he is “confident” in supply chains ahead of Christmas.
Transport secretary says Christmas will not be ruined by shortages
Próximo, Grant Shapps said Christmas is not at risk from consumer shortages and there will be food and gifts come 25 dezembro.
Falando sobre Times Radio, Grant Shapps said: "Infelizmente, unlike last year where there was a genuine question about whether we’ll be able to see friends and family and it was very restricted, that’s not the case.
“Christmas will go ahead, we’ll be able to see our friends and families. There will be food, there will be gifts.”
He blamed the “squeeze” on the “entire world’s supply chain” on post-Covid activity as well as the UK’s “expanding economy”.
“But we’re taking a whole range of measures,” Mr Shapps said, “including one that I’m announcing today about the way lorry drivers from abroad pick up and drop things off … that will mean they can, in an unlimited way by Christmas, pick up and drop off goods within this country within a 14-day period.”
UK handling HGV shortages ‘resiliently,’ claims Shapps
Grant Shapps is, sem surpresa, doing the media rounds this morning. The transport secretary first appeared on Sky News to say issues with supply chains are a problem internationally but they are being dealt with “resiliently” in the UK.
He also warned “we shouldn’t report ourselves into a crisis”, in an apparent nod to the narrative in which news outlets are blamed for shortages that already exist.
“We know that the globe has woken up after coronavirus with huge supply chain issues everywhere around the entire world,” Grant Shapps told the broadcaster. “In this country we have taken 24, agora 25, different steps on the domestic side of that – the lorry drivers side of things – and we’re seeing it have a big impact.”
He also claimed Britain now had “three times as many people applying to become lorry drivers every single day than before the crisis”.
Shapps eases rules for EU lorry drivers to tackle supply crisis
EU lorry drivers on British roads will be allowed to make unlimited pick-ups and drop-offs as rules are temporarily relaxed by ministers in a bid to ease the supply crisis.
Grant Shapps has altered limits on trading rights in order to allow more deliveries, relatórios Joe Middleton.
The transport secretary said he hopes the waiver will help fix fuel and food shortages as complaints grow over empty shelves, though he denied the issues would impact Christmas.
The HGV crisis has caused fuel and food shortages in Britain
Bom Dia, e bem vindo a O Independente’s rolling UK politics coverage. Stay tuned as we bring you the latest updates on the same day transport secretary Grant Shapps claims Christmas will go ahead – despite supply chain concerns.