Layla Moran and Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats have launched a new petition calling on the Government to introduce a Covid Recovery Visa for the hospitality sector. Launching the petition, Layla Moran MP, who has previously called for the visa’s introduction during Prime Minister’s Questions, said that the hospitality industry “has been hit by a triple whammy” of Brexit, the points-based immigration system, and the Government’s handling of the pandemic.
Layla warned that without “urgent intervention” many local businesses will be facing closure in the coming months. The online petition outlines that “The Covid Recovery Visa will help to recruit hospitality staff from outside the UK who would otherwise be unable to come to work. The Government must class hospitality as a shortage industry and introduce the visa without delay.”
It goes on to say, “If we don't act, our hospitality industry will remain understaffed and unable to work to full capacity even once lockdown restrictions ease.” The call for a recovery visa has also been made by UK Hospitality.
Layla said: “The crisis facing our hospitality industry is a problem entirely of the Government’s making. Their botched Brexit, damaging points-based immigration system, and handling of the pandemic means hotels, bars, restaurants, and others face being unable to open up any further next week. Many face the threat of closure as a result.
“The sector needs the Government’s backing if they’re going to make the most of this summer season. An urgent intervention is needed to recruit the workforce they badly needed. I was disappointed that the Prime Minister was dismissive of these calls a few weeks ago. Of course we need to encourage more young Brits to enter hospitality, but Boris Johnson needs to help my constituents and the sector recruit the staff they need to survive, grow and create jobs. I encourage everyone to back the sector, sign this petition and make our feelings clear to the Conservatives.”