The £30,000 per annum salary threshold proposed in the Government’s future immigration system will impact the recruitment of care staff, local government has said in a Brexit briefing paper.
Of particular concern, says the LGO in its briefing paper, is the minimum skills or salary threshold of £30,000, which will exclude many social care and health jobs. “The threshold must be reviewed and replaced with criteria that allows the sector to recruit and retain the staff needed. Recruitment and retention of adult social care staff is a major concern for care providers. With seven per cent of existing adult social care staff from other EU nations and a vacancy rate of 12.3 per cent, securing a sustainable adult social care workforce should be a priority for the Government.”
Local Government says that the UK’s departure from the EU must not be a distraction from the urgent issue of the sustainability of social care provision. “Adult social care faces a shortfall of £3.56 billion by 2025. This is needed to provide existing support at current levels. It would not meet the cost of changing the current model of providing care, or include the funding needed to tackle under met and unmet need. This must be addressed alongside work to leave the European Union.”