In response, the local authority confirmed that the type of cladding used on Grenfell Tower had not been used on any properties in the local authority area.Mr Swinney was also advised that residents of 6 multi-storey blocks that are overseen by the Council’s Housing service had been visited since the Grenfell disaster in order to discuss fire safety.
The leading industry body in the soft fruit growers market has suggested that staff shortages are at their worst levels since 2004 – prior to the expansion of membership of the EU.
Seasonal labour provided by EU nationals is viewed as a critical resource to the soft fruit market and some growers fear that, without sufficient seasonal workers, the industry may need to reduce their production in the UK and import its produce – risking price increases of up to 50% on soft fruits.
I also welcome the local authority’s swift action in seeking to make contact with residents of multi-storey properties and anywhere that has recently had external wall insulation fitted.”Perthshire North MSP, John Swinney, joined colleagues in the Scottish Government by participating in a Cabinet visit to Pitlochry, followed by a public discussion event in the Festival Theatre on Monday 6 February.
Following previous successful visits all across Scotland, members of the public were invited to attend a public discussion event where they would have the opportunity to question the First Minister, and the Cabinet, and give their views on a host of local and national issues.
I am also worried that some fruit growers are predicting even greater staff shortages post-Brexit.
This will particularly be the case if EU nationals’ rights are not guaranteed by the UK Government during the Brexit negotiations.The Scottish Government has made it clear that EU nationals are welcome in Scotland and that we value the contribution they make to our society, and our economy.It is vital that the UK Government urgently confirms the status of EU Nationals, going forward.”“Almost a year to the day since the referendum result was declared, the Tory Government has not made any meaningful progress in relation to the status of EU nationals currently living in the UK.Commenting, Mr Swinney said: “Concerns regarding the availability of seasonal labour following the Brexit vote were well documented during, and immediately following, the EU referendum.It is very concerning that our local farming industry will be directly affected by this.2,650 homeowners who recently benefitted from the installation of external wall insulation as part of the Energy Efficiency programme and the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland (HEEPS) will also be contacted by the local authority, in the near future, to assure them that the insulation used has been classified as either flame retardant – Class “0” or non-combustible.