Reports show it is dangerous to dodge decisions any longer: Nuffield Trust response to Skills for Care data

Unless social care becomes a more attractive sector to work in, ongoing migration will be necessary.

Press release

Published: 24/09/2018

Responding to today's Skills for Care report on the social care workforce in England, Nuffield Trust Director of Policy Candace Imison said:

"Last week’s seminal report from the Migration Advisory Committee warned that unless social care became a more attractive sector to work in, ongoing migration would be 'necessary to continue delivering these services'. Yet we are on a course to have neither of those factors. Today’s figures show social care is struggling even more to get the workers needed to provide vital services, with turnover and vacancy rates continuing to rise. Meanwhile, the Government is considering proposals to end less skilled migration from the EU. 

"Either we address the financial crisis that has pushed social care providers too far into the red to pay decent wages, or we continue to allow migration to fill these gaps after Brexit. If the UK Government dodges these decisions in the next few months, it will mean directly endangering some of the most vulnerable people in our country.”

Notes to editors

  • The Nuffield Trust is an independent health think tank. We aim to improve the quality of health care in the UK by providing evidence-based research and policy analysis and informing and generating debate.
  • Skills for Care publishes annual reports giving extensive data on the social care workforce in England. This year's is now available on its website.
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