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Small businesses 'need EU staff guarantee'

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The Home Office says EU citizens in the UK are applying for settled status as foreseen by Brexit preparations.

But only one in ten of them have had their "settled status" approved says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

A lot of small businesses depend on staff from EU countries says FSB National Chairman, Mike Cherry.

“Small construction firms, care providers, retailers and hospitality businesses in particular will be hugely concerned that the futures of so many EU citizens are still up in the air," he said.

“We’re almost a year on from the initial roll-out of the settled status scheme, but still under one in ten EU citizens have had their applications approved. That’s not good enough.

He's calling for a "cast-iron guarantee" from the government that problems with the scheme will be ironed out so that more approvals can go through.

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