Under today’s immigration proposals, social care will still be left high and dry Our response to further details of plan for a points-based immigration system

14 July 2020

Commenting on the Government’s publication today of further details of its plan for a points-based immigration system, Dr Jennifer Dixon, Chief Executive at the Health Foundation, said:

'In its announcement, the government recognises the ‘vital contributions’ of international workers across health and care, but the list of roles eligible for reduced application fees and fast-track entry is currently very limited. The ‘Health and Care’ visa still excludes the vast majority of social care workers, who are paid far below the £25,600 threshold in the new system. People working in social care are not ‘low-skilled’, but the new immigration system proposals continue to categorise the majority of social care roles as such and therefore make no provision for them. Under these proposals, social care will still be left high and dry.
 
'Around 17% of people working in adult social care in England are non-British nationals, with EU workers now making up about half of those – a share that has increased since 2012/13. Even if they were made eligible for the Health and Care visa, the new system would still mean additional cost and barriers to people from the EU compared to the current system of freedom of movement. COVID-19 has compounded existing workforce issues in health and care and recruiting internationally will be tough next year, even without the biggest change to immigration policy we've seen in decades.'

Media contact

Simon Perry
Simon.Perry@health.org.uk
020 7257 2093

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