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Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has expressed disappointment that adult social care is to be excluded from the Government’s points based immigration system.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:

“Despite repeated calls from both adult social care and the NHS’ own representative bodies, including the Cavendish Coalition, the Government has failed to pay any dues to the sector’s specific needs thus leaving us out in the cold. This is particularly worrying given the wider context of the instability which COVID-19 has placed upon the adult social care sector. The impending threat of the international workforce supply being turned off has the potential to de-stabilise the sector even further with potentially disastrous consequences”.

On 13 July 2020, the Government set out further details on the UK’s points based system. These new arrangements will take effect from 1 January 2021, once freedom of movement with the European Union (EU) has ended https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-immigration-system-what-you-need-to-know

Martin Green continues:

“We must ensure that all efforts are made so that adult social care is perceived as a good career choice on a par with the NHS. In order to do this we need to see substantial investment from Government rather than short term sticking plasters. There will be a continuing need for overseas staff until the Government delivers a proper workforce strategy for social care and also the money required to give the staff the salaries and conditions they richly deserve. Our staff are our best resource and we want to reward them as such”.

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Notes to editors:
1) Care England is the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care
2) Care England works to ensure that care services are commissioned fairly, efficiently and on a properly funded basis, to meet the true costs of providing quality care. Care England analysis indicates that where known around one in five councils (20%) did not increase their base rates for either residential or nursing home placements in 2018/19, despite rising inflation and increased workforce costs.
3) For Care England press enquiries related to this release, please contact Antonella Corby (020) 7492 4843 or email acorby@careengland.org.uk
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