Scottish Affairs Committee hears social care Brexit fears

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 12th February 2019

House of Commons Committee hears social care in Scotland would be affected by new immigration rules.

Speaking at an evidence session on the implications of the UK Government’s immigration plans for the Scottish economy, Dr Donald Macaskill of Scottish Care (this link will take you away from our website) noted that proposals could undermine the viability of many social care services – causing additional stress on an already stretched system.

The UK Government new Immigration Bill is proposing a new salary threshold for migrants entering the UK of £30,000 to be applied after Brexit. This is likely to be subject to further discussion as the Bill progresses.

Many of the 223,000 EU citizens living in Scotland work in the health and social care sectors, making up 30% or more of the workforce of some provider organisations. During the evidence session Dr Macaskill noted that Scottish Care’s member organisations had experienced a drop in applications of 67% from people from across the EU. He called for the UK Government to move away from considering social care staff to be “unskilled” given the professional recognition every social care worker in Scotland requires.

The ALLIANCE, alongside a range of organisations including Scottish Care, SCVO and Camphill Scotland, has been calling for an independent evaluation of the impact of Brexit for health and social care systems across the UK. Brendan O’Hara MP’s Private Members Bill on this matter is still being considered by the UK Parliament.

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