Care leaders have called on the PM to lift the 30 June deadline for EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) applications, warning it will have a major impact on sustainability of social care provision.
In a letter to the PM, the leaders of the National Care Association, Care England, Care Workers Charity, Scottish Care and Institute of Health and Social Care Management, warn a substantial number of social care workers and their employers are still not fully aware of the scheme.
The leaders say that through their lack of knowledge of the repercussions of not being part of the scheme many EU care workers, who make up over 12% of the workforce, are either feeling they have no choice but to leave the UK, leave the care profession or move to the NHS.
Highlighting the 120,000 vacancies already in the sector, the leaders call on the PM to lift the 30 June deadline or grant an exemption to social care workers.
Additionally, the letter calls for an urgent review of the ability of adult social care providers to recruit and support care workers into the sector and continue to gain access to a migrant workforce to fill the skills shortage, which is already challenged by the new Points-Based Immigration system, financial cost, administration, bureaucracy and salary affordability.