An independent inquiry has been commissioned into the impact of the ending of freedom of movement on adult social care.
Kevin Foster MP, Minister for Future Borders and Immigration, has written to Professor Brian Bell, chair of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to conduct the investigation and report back by April 2022.
The inquiry is to investigate potential skills shortages, visa options for social care workers and long-term consequences for workforce recruitment, training and employee terms and conditions.
Speaking at the Future of Care Conference last month, Professor Bell said the government had not ruled out the possibility of a sector level scheme for social care on immigration controls and hinted at a possible announcement by the Home Office in the coming weeks.
A call from care leaders for the lifting of the 30 June deadline for EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) applications went unheeded last month.
The leaders warned the ending of free movement would have a major impact on the sustainability of social care provision.
Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO, Care England, said: “As the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, we are pleased that the Minister for Future Borders and Immigration, Kevin Foster MP, has asked the MAC to undertake an independent review of adult social care, and the impact the ending freedom of movement has had on the sector.
“Over the coming months, Care England will continue to engage with the MAC and ensure that the voice of the adult social care sector and workforce is heard.”