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Care England, the largest and most diverse representative body for independent providers of adult social care has welcomed the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendation to put care workers on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL).

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

“Care England has long called for care workers to be on the Shortage Occupation List and is therefore very pleased that the Migration Advisory Committee has put forward this very important recommendation to Government. There is an acute workforce shortage in adult social care now so this recommendation cannot be enacted fast enough”.

The Migration Advisory Committee published its annual report this morning in which it put forward several recommendations to Government to alleviate short term issues in the labour market.   One of the recommendations includes making care workers immediately eligible for the Health and Care Worker Visa and placing the occupation on the Shortage Occupation List.

A recent survey of Care England’s members showed that the vast majority of members (96%) reported that a workforce shortage was their primary concern this Winter.


Notes to editors:

  1. Care England is the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care
  2. Care England’s new vision, We Care For England, represents the foundation for a long-term and sustainable future for adult social care that will be to the benefit of all citizens and the economy.
  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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