Tightening of post-Brexit rules ‘a blow’ for Shoreham language school
Jackie Verrall, director of English Language Homestays in Old Fort Road, said European schoolchildren will still enter the UK with ID cards, but from October they will need a full passport, under tighter post-Brexit entry conditions.
âSome parents won’t pay for this because they don’t need it to travel to the rest of Europe,â Jackie said.
âSchools now think they don’t need this hassle and are targeting Ireland and Malta for ease.
“It’s a big blow for companies like mine.”
She added that last year, due to covid, 132 coaches were struck off her booking schedule. Each coach carries 50 passengers.
âWe have to fill the gap, but with the arrival of these passport applications, it will be difficult,â continued Jackie.
âWe’ve been through the worst of course and we’re moving forward – but that’s another nail in an already half-closed coffin.
“Our industry is a stealthy income among local communities – 95 percent of our income is reinvested in the region.”
Shoreham’s host family Jenny and John Crump have had students with them for almost 33 years.
The retired couple, who are 70, have gone from four students a week to zero – and have lost around Â£ 4,000 in income since the pandemic struck. And they are now worried about these stricter post-Brexit rules, which could affect them more.
âI really missed the company – I love having the kids with me,â said Jenny, a former table lady and childminder.
âIt gave me something to think about. I felt very depressed and I am fed up with being bored.
âAnd the money was at hand. It meant we could go out and do things or do chores on the house.
âWe used to have such kind comments from parents and we got letters from the kids. They always asked to come back to us.