Ministers are introducing an annual cap on immigration which would result in a cut in work permits for workers from outside the EU.Hurrah! Right?
But Sheila Watson, who runs two care homes in Essex, said the majority of her staff are from outside the EU and are professional, reliable, highly trained nurses with excellent English.And cheap as chips! And why is that?
She said: “This is a widespread problem. If we could recruit locally we would. We advertise continually, but very seldom get anybody who wants to work the hours.In other words, one not receiving a decent living 'wage' to sit around doing nothing all day...
“It’s unsociable seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. It takes a special kind of person to do the job.”
The Essex Independent Care Association said the review does not recognise the problems of social care recruitment.There's an answer to that without importing more workers from abroad, though, surely?
David Holroyd, from the group, said: “We have shown time and again there is a recruitment crisis in social care. Recruitment from outside the EU of care staff has been a great success and compensated for the lack of willingness of the local population to work in the industry.”
However Anna Waite, Southend Council’s councillor responsible for adult social care…
Wait. What? You mean..?
Yup. That Anna Waite. Having ruined Southend’s road system, she’s now intent on bringing all her amazing skills to bear on adult social care. Be afraid. Be very afraid…
At least, though, on this subject, she’s actually managed to hit the nail on the head:
… questioned whether there was a problem with recruiting. She said: “I’m not aware of any issues with recruitment. We have to limit non EU immigration. We just can’t carry on when we have high unemployment levels ourselves.”