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Government u-turn on immigration bill welcome, now we need action

21 Oct 2020
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Care faces staffing black hole of around half a million people thanks to lack of funding and draconian immigration policies

GMB, the union for social care, has welcomed a Government immigration bill u-turn today - accepting the need to review the impact on social care.

GMB has campaigned against the immigration policy from the start with analysis by the union showing the new rules could force the UK into a 460,000 care worker vacancy crisis.

Skills for Care today warned social care has to fill 112,000 job vacancies on any given day.

Meanwhile the House of Lords this week slammed the Immigration Bill and its impact on social care.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary, said:

“Care in the UK is facing a staffing black hole of around half a million people thanks to the Government’s failure to properly fund the sector and draconian immigration policies.”

“GMB welcomes that the Government has now accepted the need to assess the impact of its immigration policies on the social care sector but you don’t need to be a whizz to see what the problems are.”

“Government assessment or not, we know for too long care workers have faced inadequate rates of pay, lack of recognition for their skills, and denial of opportunities for progression.” 

“The demand on social care services is increasing every day, workloads are already unmanageable, and the Government must do more to plug the enormous staffing black hole.”

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