They still don’t get it… September 28, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
According to modelling by the charities, a scenario which closed off all migration would leave Britain with a social care workforce shortfall of more than a million by 2037. In a low-migration scenario this would still mean a 750,000 shortfall. Even under a high-migration scenario, the care sector would still face a workforce shortage of 350,000 because of the likely dramatic increase in the population needing care, the charities said.
London and the south-east would be worst hit by a post-Brexit shortage of care workers, with one in nine of the capital’s care workers at risk of losing their right to work in the UK.
But the response from the UK government?
A government spokesperson said: “The prime minister has been clear that she wants to protect the status of EU nationals already living here, and the only circumstances in which that wouldn’t be possible is if British citizens’ rights in European member states were not protected in return.”
But that’s not the answer to the questions raised by the report. It’s not about who is in the UK today, but who will be in the UK in 2020, or 2025 or indeed 2037. And moreover:
Staff turnover and vacancy rates have risen sharply in the last decade, triggering fears that the safety and quality of social care would be affected. Ben Franklin, ILC-UK’s head of economics of ageing, said that as Britain’s population grew older, thousands more care workers were needed. “A continual failure to support and enhance the care workforce could result in thousands of frail and older people losing out on the proper care and support that they need.”
This is basic basic stuff about the care of a growing ageing population (I’m part of that in this state. Perhaps you are too. You may well be by 2037). Yet on something so basic, so obviously problematic there’s no real response.
How will those needs be met? Hard to tell when one reads the following:
The UK has become increasingly dependent on a European migrant workforce to provide services for its ageing population since 2012, when the coalition government changed immigration rules, making it more difficult for non-EEA people to enter the UK to work in social care.