Review of Immigration Health Surcharge must include social care workers

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 12th May 2020

The ALLIANCE supports second letter to the Home Secretary calling for the inclusion of social care in immigration policy announcements.

On 25 April 2020, Priti Patel MP, the UK Government’s Home Secretary, announced a review of the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for NHS staff whilst the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The IHS is a fee levied on the majority of UK visa applications.

Following a previous letter addressed to Ms Patel, which called for the extension of visas to be applied to social care staff as well as NHS workers, the ALLIANCE, Camphill Scotland, CCPS, Volunteer Scotland and Scottish Care have called for the IHS review to include social care workers.

Commenting on the IHS review, Dr Neil Henery, Director of Camphill Scotland, said: “We urge the Home Secretary to include social care workers along with NHS staff in her review of the Immigration Health Surcharge. Hundreds of young international volunteers come to work in Camphill communities every year for free. Now they will be charged an additional £624 on top of their visa costs to do so. At this time of crisis we must do all we can to encourage international volunteering but this charge will sadly do the opposite”.

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