New Immigration Rules Will Impact Lincolnshire Care Homes


New immigration rules: the impact on migrant workers in Lincolnshire

Care homes in Lincolnshire, including a GrimsbyBoston, Skegness and Lincoln could be hit hard by the new immigration rules.

The recent announcement of new immigration rules by the UK government has sparked controversy and debate.

Lincolnshire Care Association president Melanie Weatherley has expressed concern about the unfairness of these policies, particularly in relation to migrant care workers.

One of the key changes in the new immigration rules is preventing incoming workers from bringing their families with them.

Melanie Weatherley highlights the injustice of asking foreign workers to leave their families behind to come to work in the UK.

He argues that these people are already sacrificing their lives on the other side of the world to provide care for the elderly and people with learning disabilities.

Asking them to do so without the support of their families is not considered reasonable, regardless of the impact on the country's infrastructure.

The Lincolnshire Care Association, a not-for-profit organization that supports adult care providers, recognizes the importance of international recruits within the care workforce.

They appreciate the government's recognition of this importance, but believe the new measure is misguided. The association stresses that asking workers to choose between caring for their own families and caring for vulnerable adults is an impossible decision that no one should have to make.

The new immigration rules are part of a five-point plan presented by Home Secretary James Cleverley. The plan aims to reduce net migration and includes measures such as preventing foreign social workers from bringing their partners and family members to the UK.

The minimum wage requirement for skilled overseas workers will also rise significantly to £38,700, excluding NHS and social care staff. The income threshold for family visas will increase to the same amount, with some exception clauses.

The need for stricter immigration measures stems from the record net migration figures seen in recent years.

Since the UK left the EU in January 2020, immigration has soared, particularly from non-EU countries.

The health and social care sector has relied heavily on foreign workers to fill vacancies, exacerbating staff shortages. The government's promise to bring net migration below previous levels has not been fulfilled, leading to the implementation of stronger actions to control immigration.

The approach to new immigration rules is expected to have a significant impact on the social care sector.

Banning dependents from accompanying workers may deter people from coming to work in the UK. Unison, the UK's biggest health workers' union, warns the sector could collapse without foreign workers.

Gavin Edwards, the head of social care, says migrant workers are vital to underpin a care system that is underfunded. He believes the government should prioritize delivering the funding and reforms needed to support the care sector rather than targeting migrant workers.

The Health Foundation describes the situation of the social care workforce as “black”. Vacancies in England remain unfilled and 70,000 workers have been allowed to be hired from abroad to deal with the shortage.

Brexit has contributed to increased labor shortages and new immigration rules may exacerbate the problem.

The government ensures that social care vacancies can still be filled, as these jobs were previously oversubscribed. However, concerns remain about the long-term sustainability of the sector without a comprehensive solution to staff shortages.

Unison general secretary Christina McAnea argues that migrant workers were encouraged to come to the UK because of critical staff shortages in both the health and social care sectors.

Instead of implementing restrictive immigration measures, he suggests the government should focus on providing the funding and reforms needed to strengthen the care sector.

By properly funding care and raising wages, the sector becomes more attractive to both national and international workers. Without migrant workers, the care sector could face collapse, putting essential services at risk.

The government recognizes that there is more work to be done in terms of immigration policies and the social care sector.

They claim to have the ability to flex their system and have responded to the pressures they faced, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government aims to address the high number of migrations and possible abuses of the system through the new measures. However, critics argue that comprehensive funding and reform in the care sector is needed to solve the problem of staff shortages.


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