Deposit scheme must not increase hospitality burden
UKHospitality has warned the Government not to increase costs or restrictions for hospitality businesses through any proposed deposit scheme and called on it to create an opt-out for business where drinks are sold on the premises.
The Government has today announced its intention to introduce a deposit scheme for single-use glass and plastic bottles and steel and aluminium cans.
UKHospitality has warned that any scheme must take into account hospitality businesses that may be disproportionately hit by a cost for single-use packaging.
UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “The Government’s proposal for a deposit scheme highlights the need for a united front from the sector to tackle the problem of packaging waste and avoid additional costs for businesses.
“The hospitality recognises the challenge and is already playing an active role in providing solutions and is not underestimating the importance and cost implications.
“There is, however, a genuine worry that this scheme will simply increase costs for businesses while not providing the action required to tackle packaging waste.
“Any scheme needs to make a provision and an opt-out for hospitality businesses to ensure they do not incur a disproportionate and massive cost burden that could potentially drive some employers out of business.
“If the Government is serious about tackling the problem of waste, it also needs to ensure that funds generated by the deposit scheme are ringfenced to provide improved recycling facilities across the UK. UKHospitality will be making this point to the Government, highlighting the positive work already being done by businesses to tackle waste.”
MAC report must help drive hospitality career support
UKHospitality has welcomed the Migration Advisory Committee’s interim report and pledged its support for the sector through reform to support hospitality careers.
UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “The interim report acknowledges the importance of migration to the UK economy and the importance of migration to the UK’s hospitality sector.
“We are particularly pleased that the MAC’s report recognised that the “vast majority of employers do not deliberately seek to fill vacancies with migrant workers’’, but that, in some cases, these are the only available candidates.
“Most encouragingly, the report identifies the need for vocational reform and education within the UK, to help support a vibrant and dynamic hospitality sector that nonetheless sometimes struggles to attract employees from within the UK.
“The MAC’s report highlights the perception of hospitality in other European countries as a first-choice career and the need for action in the UK to adopt the same approach. Hospitality offers a wide range of exciting career options and we need to be proactive in getting that message across to young workers looking to build a rewarding career.
“This change will need to come partly through support from the Government in the shape of a Sector Deal that provides hospitality businesses with an opportunity to grow and offer more.
“UKHospitality is committed to working closely with the Government on this important reform – supporting vocational education, apprenticeships and T Levels – to help promote the sector and secure the future of its workforce following withdrawal from the EU.”
New sector-wide Commission launched by UKHospitality
UKHospitality is launching a sector-wide hospitality workforce commission to promote understanding of the importance and potential of the UK’s hospitality sector.
UKHospitality Commission 2030 will bring together a wide range of hospitality employers and All-Party Parliamentary Groups, along with other stakeholders, industry bodies and authorities, to deliver an employment foundation for the sector. Sector leaders will provide evidence to identify and address the challenges and opportunities facing the sector. The Commission will aim to launch a report of its findings in June, providing recommendations to the government in order to secure the future of the sector’s workforce.
The Commission will seek to provide assured and effective guidance on a range of issues facing the sector including:
- Promoting careers and ensuring retention in the sector
- The diversity of the hospitality workforce
- Education and skills in hospitality
UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “The hospitality sector employs almost 3 million people in the UK, it produces £130 billion in economic activity and generates £38 billion in taxes. It is a vast, vibrant and constantly-evolving sector delivering jobs in every constituency. But it is not immune to pressures or changing consumer habits and we need to plan for our futures to ensure it remains robust, relevant and to secure the workforce of the future.
“This is an opportunity for us to bring together sector leaders and policy-makers to promote the great work we do, change perceptions about our industry and to ensure that hospitality businesses are in the best position to succeed decades from now.”
Michael Tomlinson MP, Chair of the APPG Youth Employment added: “Hospitality makes a crucial contribution to employment in the UK and provides fantastic opportunities for young people to learn and develop rewarding careers.
“UKHospitality’s Commission 2030 will enable us to identify the skills that are needed and develop a cohesive plan to offer support and opportunities for young workers.”
Mike Wood MP, APPG Beer Group: “Securing a coherent and accessible pathway for young people into hospitality is a must. We need to make sure that teenagers who are looking to develop a career in hospitality are aware of the opportunities on offer and the skills they can develop.”
Steve Double MP, Chair of the APPG Visitor Economy concluded: “Hospitality is one of the UK’s greatest economic and cultural assets and a significant pillar of our tourism offer.
“A thorough investigation into the future of the sector’s workforce will put us in the best possible position to secure its continued health. It will aid the cementing of its position as an immensely valuable part of our economy.”
The terms of reference for the Commission can be found here and submissions need to be made by 11th May 2018.