Social care reliant on European colleagues, says Cavendish Coalition in response to Skills for Care report





Responding to the Skills for Care report ‘The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England’, Danny Mortimer, co-convenor of the Cavendish Coalition, said:

“This timely report from Cavendish Coalition members Skills for Care shows how deeply we rely on committed and hardworking colleagues from across Europe and beyond to provide excellent care in our communities.

“With 110,000 vacancies and the possibility of needing another 650,000 care staff by 2035 to care for our elders, we will doubtless need to continue to rely on colleagues from overseas. The report acknowledges that while we still await clarity about post-Brexit migration rules, there is still a risk in terms of workforce supply.

“It would be completely unacceptable to allow vital social care services to close under the strain of not having the people required to provide good care. The migration related risk to the provision for social care is the biggest workforce risk of Brexit across social care and health, so we were very concerned the Migration Advisory Committee report did not clearly advocate less-skilled workers schemes for any other sectors except agriculture.”

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