Layla Moran has told the Government “don’t leave hospitality behind” as “piecemeal” temporary visas for HGV drivers are introduced. It comes after hospitality bosses renewed their calls for visas to help fill vacancies yesterday. Layla, who described the HGV visa changes as “barely scratching the surface” and “too little, too late”, warned that the hospitality sector in Oxfordshire faced continuing decline if action on visas is not taken soon. The Oxfordshire MP has been campaigning for the introduction of a Covid Recovery Visa for the sector since June when she raised the issue with the Prime Minister at PMQs. Layla and Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats also launched a petition in July 2021 calling for the Covid Recovery Visa will help to recruit hospitality staff from outside the UK who would otherwise be unable to come work.
Layla Moran said: “Since I raised this with the Prime Minister in June, on behalf of hospitality businesses across Oxfordshire, we’ve seen no action from the Government to address the crisis the sector is facing. The Conservatives’ piecemeal actions on HGV drivers, even if they are barely scratching the surface, do show that they’re capable of action. “Pub, restaurant and hotel bosses in my constituency need action now. Without a Covid Recovery Visa to help address the staffing shortage, while we work to reskill and train UK domestic workers, there is real trouble ahead. I will continue to work with local businesses and the sector to urge the Conservatives to do everything they can to keep the doors of our local businesses open for years to come.”
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