Commenting on a letter from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) to the London Evening Standard about the potential impact of Brexit on social care services, George McNamara, Director of Policy and Influencing at Independent Age, said:

“Arbitrarily shutting the door on dedicated social care workers from EU countries will do nothing more than perpetuate the growing staff crisis in social care.

“The government’s proposal to adopt a £30,000 minimum salary threshold would be a punishing and cold view of those who provide daily care for older people and some of the most vulnerable in society, and will only result in more people unable to access vital health and care support. Tragically, yet again, it seems that social care is the forgotten sector when it comes to policy-making.”

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