EU citizens – their status post-Brexit

The Home Office has provided information on how EU citizens and their families living in the UK can secure their long-term status here with the same entitlements to work, study and access public services as now.

EU citizens and family members who, by 31st December 2020, have been continuously resident in the UK for five years will be eligible to apply under the scheme and will be granted “settled status” which will allow them to stay in the UK indefinitely.

EU citizens and family members who arrive by 31st December 2020 but will not yet have been continuously resident here for five years will be granted “pre-settled status” under the Scheme which will enable them to stay in the UK until they have reached the five-year threshold.  At that point they can apply for settled status.

“Continuously resident” in the UK generally means that the person must not have been absent from the UK for more than six months in total in any 12-month period.  There is no restriction on the number of absences permitted, provided that the total period of absence does not exceed six months in any 12-month period.

Close family members (a spouse, civil partner, durable partner, dependant child or grandchild, and dependant parent or grandparent) living overseas will still be able to join an EU citizen resident here after 31st December 2020 where the relationship existed at that date and continues to exist.

Registration will involve an online digital application which will require the applicant:

  • to prove their identity and nationality (which can generally be done through their passport or EU ID card)
  • to provide evidence that they have been continuously resident in the UK for the five years required for settled status. This may involve an automated check through HMRC data or the applicant will be able to upload documents to prove their residency – more details of what documents will be acceptable will be published by the Government later.

The applicant will also need to provide a facial image which will be checked to see that it matches the photograph on the passport or ID card and to declare any serious criminal convictions.

The application process is not open yet but is expected to open later in the year.  The application fee under the Scheme will be £65 for an adult and £32.50 for a child although if an EU citizen already holds permanent residence there will be no fee.

Further information will be provided in due course but trainers may wish to ensure that any of the employees to whom this may apply are aware of the procedures and that if they are wishing to apply for settled status do not absent themselves from the country for more than 6 months in any 12 month period.

“Inspirational” management training to support staff retention

“Inspirational.” “Very good ideas to take back to the yard and help with staff retention.”
“I learned a lot about leadership and management.”
“It has made me look at things from a completely different perspective and question how we do things in our yard.”

These are a few of the feedback comments about the management training modules we put on last year to support trainers with their Lycetts Team Champion Award nominations. The 2019 series begins in July. Trainers looking for support for the award have the opportunity with their senior staff to attend one of the modules created for the NTF by Peter Burnet of The Peplow Group.

With the title ‘Building a Sustainable Business’ the module is designed to help trainers recruit and retain exceptional staff teams. It is about sharing ideas, tips and support to match the team award criteria and make other wider ranging changes.

It will take place at three venues this summer / autumn:

  • The BRS in Newmarket on 20th July 2018
  • Malton on 8th August 2018
  • Cheltenham on 12th September 2018

Tea and Coffee will be available from 09.30. Each day will run from 10.00 to 16.30 with lunch and refreshments provided. Dress is casual / work clothes. The day will consist of a mix of activities, discussion and some new ideas.

Each participant will be encouraged to generate an action plan to help implement any new ideas back in the yard. There is no formal preparation for the day and please come with an open mind!

To book places

In the first year of the award, the Racing Foundation fully funded the management training. This year there is a charge of £100 per place. To book yourself and up to one other staff member onto any of the three days please contact the NTF at or ring 01488 71794.

BHA working with the Government on staffing shortage

We know the serious shortage of skilled staff is probably the number one concern for many trainers. A key factor behind the shortage was the Government’s decision to change the rules for migrant workers in 2011 leading to Work Riders being removed from the Shortage Occupation List. Brexit has the potential to make matters worse if it puts in place more obstacles for EU workers to be employed in British racing stables.

The NTF and BHA are working together to communicate to Government the industry’s requirements from a future immigration system. We have communicated to Government that, while proactive steps are being taken to counter the current shortfall of available staff through domestic recruitment, it is important for British racing to still be able to have appropriate access to the best internationally skilled workers in the short-to-medium term. British racing has made these representations to the Migration Advisory Committee call for evidence on the impact of EEA workers in the UK Labour Market which will inform future Home Office Immigration Policy.

British racing’s submission (developed alongside the NTF and TBA) was published as part of an Interim Report by MAC on 27 March, while the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) also highlighted British racing’s case in their own Departmental submission.

In summary, British racing has called for a post-Brexit immigration system which:

  1. Does not adversely compromise the status of EEA and non-EEA workers already based in the UK, which would exacerbate the current shortfall
  2. Recognises that work riding is a highly skilled profession and allows (as was the case before 2011) racing grooms to be included on the Shortage Occupation List: and
  3. Does not have separate tracks for EEA and non-EEA immigration

The BHA continues to explore opportunities for raising the profile of the industry on these issues, such as through an ongoing House of Lords EU Home Affairs sub-committee inquiry on people movement in the fields of sport and culture, to which it has also provided written evidence.

BHA’s data protection policy

You will no doubt be aware that privacy laws in the United Kingdom have recently changed.  To reflect these changes, the BHA has updated its privacy notices for licensed and registered personnel and these can be found on the BHA website on the Data Protection page.

In addition, the Racing Administration System now has functionality so that users can update their contact details and marketing preferences from within the site.

So the BHA can ensure that the personal data that it holds on its licensed and registered personnel is as accurate as possible, you are encouraged to keep your details up to date.

If you have any questions, please contact

Weatherbys Call Centre emergency back-up

Following the initial announcement that, on 2nd July, important changes are being made to the operation of the Weatherbys Call Centre, the BHA has spoken to a number of trainers directly and has been keen to take feedback. As a result, an emergency back -up will be available.

As previously outlined, from the beginning of July, several functions of the Call Centre are moving entirely online and will only be available through the new Racing Admin system. Most notable of these are:

  • Making entries, confirmations and declarations
  • Scratching a horse or declaring a non-runner
  • Booking a jockey

To ensure you are supported moving online, a dedicated Help Desk, open seven days a week and contactable via 01933 440011, will be established to answer questions about using the Racing Admin system and to guide you through the processes.

In addition, based on feedback the BHA has received over the last fortnight, in the case of an absolute emergency trainers should call the new Help Desk which, at the discretion of the manager, will be able to take an entry/declaration over the phone. This emergency facility will be monitored for the first six months and, if it is being misused, its availability could be put at risk.

Alternatively if you need help making entries or delectations online, videos and guides can be found here or you can email

The BHA is committed to providing you with all the support you require in advance of these changes so please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Over 20 MOPS registered horses entered for Goffs Spring Sale

Over 20 NH Mare Owners Prize Scheme (MOPS) registered horses have been entered for the Goffs UK sales next week commencing Tuesday 22nd May. NHMOPS horses at the sale have no additional scheme registration fees to pay.

NHMOPS is a National Hunt incentive scheme to promote NH filly/mare ownership where registered horses can win up to £10,000 in bonuses per win in qualifying races.

The winning trainer receives 15% of the bonus prize, whilst their yard receives 5% for pool money. The other recipients are the owners, who collect 70%, and jockeys, who receive 10%. Terms and conditions apply. Registered horses will have a NHMOPS logo printed on their catalogue page.

For more information on the scheme’s prizes and qualifying races please click on the NHMOPS link on the TBA website homepage;

Lot numbers of registered horses by sale

Goffs UK Spring Store Sale

16, 21, 32, 34, 63, 65, 72, 107, 110, 119, 123, 158, 166, 174, 205, 226, 235, 238.

Goffs UK Spring HIT/P2P Sale
292, 344, 368.


Exciting Mentoring and Leadership training will help develop your team

The National Association of Racing Staff (NARS) is set to expand its educational programmes to include a qualification in Mentoring, Leadership and Team Skills after securing a £100,000 funding partnership agreement with the country’s largest independent bookmaker, Jenningsbet.

Up to 28 Students each year will have the chance to study for the ILM Level 2 Introduction to Mentoring and ILM Level 2 Award in Leadership and Team Skills on a 12-week course delivered by West Suffolk College, with the first enrolments in September 2018.

George McGrath CEO of NARS said, “I know this course will be very popular and is much needed. The reality is that there are already a number of staff who act as mentors, and our view is that they should be recognised with a government qualification.

The support we are set to receive from Jenningsbet is outstanding and is an excellent example of bookmakers’ commitment to the future strength and prosperity of the sport at all levels, especially at a time when many aspects of the future funding of the sport remain uncertain.”

The NTF sees this training as a perfect fit with the aims of The Winning Approach, the industry standard we developed to underpin the Lycetts Team Champion Award.

Greg Knight CEO of Jenningsbet said, “Racing has identified a problem in retaining young people coming into racing and we think a mentoring system in which experienced racing staff are taught how to bring through the next generation will be an important tool. At the end of the day racing staff keep the whole show on the road – our shops wouldn’t be able to function without horseracing and make the media rights payments and levy contributions we make without the staff in the yards. We have a moral responsibility to recognise that.”