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Coronavirus advice for HOPS members

HOPS members should take steps to play their part in containing the Coronavirus, following news that the UK now has a moderate to high risk of widespread transmission of the virus. HOPS is taking advice from information published by the Government and other national...

HOPS calls for clarity over immigration policy

HOPS calls for clarity over immigration policy

News that the SAWS pilot has been extended for a further 12 months, allowing recruitment of up to 10,000 non-EU workers in 2020, has left confusion for farmers about labour provision in 2021. Following the government’s announcements about a new points-based...

Supporting employees with EU Settlement Scheme

Supporting employees with EU Settlement Scheme

HOPS has compiled a checklist to help farmers support staff in applying for pre-settled and settled status to help with labour requirements in 2021. After 31 December 2020, EU workers will need this status in order to work in the UK and to stay in the country longer...

EU Settlement Scheme benefits

EU Settlement Scheme benefits

Farmers are being encouraged to promote the benefits of applying to the EU Settlement Scheme to their seasonal workers before the deadline approaches.  After 31 December 2020, EU workers will need pre-settled or settled status to be able to remain in the UK...

New Defra Secretary of State

A new Defra Secretary of State has been appointed following a cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The new position will be held by George Eustice MP – the former Farming Minister – and a former member of a Young Farmers' Club. The change in the leading...