Responding to the Migration Advisory Committee’s report on the impact of EEA migration in the UK, Danny Mortimer, co-convenor of the Cavendish Coalition, said:
“We strongly support many of the policy recommendations made by this timely report, and are pleased the MAC has highlighted the social care funding crisis.
“A key priority should be options for social care employers to hire social care workers. Currently, without an adequate provision for social care, people who should be cared for in or near their homes are left with no option but to attend A&E in already over-stretched hospitals.
“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, and so we welcome the recognition that sustainable funding would drive improved pay and conditions – and make this sector a much more attractive place to work.
“A youth mobility scheme will simply not be sufficient for a sector employing over 1.5 million people in England, of which 175,000 care workers are from abroad.
“Of further concern is that the report does not advocate less-skilled workers schemes for any other sectors except agriculture.
“We have consistently flagged concerns about extending the Tier 2 system to EEA nationals, so while we welcome the MAC’s recommendation the Tier 2 cap be abolished, without reforming the system beyond this, the NHS and social care will struggle to recruit the staff they need.”