17 July 2008

Care homes may suffer if not added to UK skills shortage list

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Care homes in Britain could suffer under the new UK visa laws if aged-care professions are not added onto the skills shortages list. According to CommunityCare.co.uk, three big industry organisations have written to the Migration Advisory Committee to urge them to include the professions on the list.

Next month a new list of areas where skills are short, dubbed shortage occupations, will be released by the Government to target immigration to these areas. This list forms part of the new points-based immigration system, which is set to be launched in the autumn.

The English Community Care Association, the National Care Association (NCA) and the Registered Nursing Homes Association have all voiced their concerns about the effect of senior care workers and care workers not being placed on the list. However, the website reports Mandy Horn from the NCA as saying: "There is an acceptance there is a shortage of care workers, but the most disappointing thing is they don't accept care workers are skilled workers."

Recent figures from the Home Office show immigration in the UK boosts the economy by £1,650 per head.

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