“Half-baked” plan to bring in 4,700 HGV drivers from Europe sees take-up stall at around 200, minister reveals


 

The government scheme to bring 4,700 HGV drivers over on a temporary three month visa has attracted approximately 200 drivers in total and is now closed to new applicants, according to Home Office migration minister Kevin Foster. Appearing before the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee last week Foster told MPs that “around 200 visas” had been issued. The committee grilled the minister on the effectiveness of the emergency visa scheme in plugging gaps in the farming and […]