Points-based immigration proposals are “hugely concerning” for the social care labour market, says the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group.
The organisation which represents disability support charities is extremely concerned about government’s points based immigration proposals.
VODG believes these proposals will create instability in the social care labour market.
It comes as home secretary Priti Patel is set to launch a new points-based immigration system which she says “will open up the UK to the brightest and the best from around the world.”
In a home office release, it detailed how the new system, which takes effect from 1 January 2021, will end free movement and aim to reassert control of borders and restore public trust.
The home office explained how it will assign points for specific skills, qualifications, salaries or professions and visas will only be awarded to those who gain enough points.
The government says this move comes having listened to a message given by the British public in the 2016 referendum and last year’s general election.
The VODG argues that if implemented, the proposals mean that no one can enter the country to take a carer role at a time when the sector is chronically short of staff.
The group says it is vital that the sector is sufficiently resourced to ensure social care providers are able to recruit and retain its workforce.
VODG chief executive, Dr Rhidian Hughes, said: “These hugely concerning proposals by government will only exacerbate workforce shortages in social care. Employers are already struggling to recruit and retain staff due to chronic underfunding in the sector.”
Adding: “Central government now needs to significantly strengthen investment in the sector. Without that investment we should be in no doubt that in some geographical areas where organisations are struggling to secure staff, these proposals will signal the end of essential social care services.”
Elsewhere in Westminster, AMP has reported how council finances are in ‘dire straits’ with adult social care listed as the top long term pressure.
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