Pubcos pledge to pay settled status application costs for EU staff

Pub group Young’s has announced it will cover the administrative cost of ‘settled status’ applications for its workers who are EU nationals.

Millions of people will need to pay the £65 fee to apply to be allowed to stay in the UK indefinitely after Brexit.

Wandsworth-based chain Young’s confirmed to the Press Association that it was preparing itself to pay more than £100,000 to cover the fees of any worker wishing to stay in the country.

Chief executive officer of the chain, Patrick Dardis, said his firm would “do whatever we need to do to continue making staff feel welcome”.

The company said it plans to open weekly clinics to help its staff members with the paperwork involved. It employs 1,800 people from non-UK EU countries.

Family funding

Oakman Inns has extended its funding offer to the family members of EU employees, it revealed

in a trading update.​
The company announced last year it would fund all applications for settled status and support

employees with the process.

Oakman Inns chief executive and founder Peter Borg-Neal said the latest decision was inspired by a Government advert over the busy festive period.

He said: “Our mood over Christmas was only dampened by the rather crass television advert that the Government put out on 27 December reminding our EU colleagues that they will need to apply for permission to remain in their homes and places of work after Brexit.

“We thought the timing was poor with so many people in the hospitality, care and health sectors giving up their Christmas to look after others.

“In response to the advert we announced to our people on New Year’s Day that we will also extend the funding to family members.”

JD Wetherspoon is understood to be set to discuss the matter internally.

Italian restaurant chain Carluccio’s pledged to cover the cost of fees for its 1,550 staff who will be affected by Brexit.

Industry bodies have spoken out against the Government’s proposed post-Brexit migration policy​, warning it could have a devastating impact on hospitality businesses struggling to hire and retain staff.

UK Hospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls criticised the Prime Minister’s plan for an immigration salary threshold, calling it “fundamentally flawed” in December.

She added: “An immigration policy that recognises the contributions of migrants of all skill levels is one that works for Britain.”

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