Julie Ogley, ADASS President has written to the Rt. Hon. Dominic Raab, the First Secretary of State to call on the Government to revise the draft Immigration Bill to reflect the true value and status of colleagues working in adult social care.
The response to the Covid-19 outbreak has demonstrated the skills, dedication and devotion of colleagues working in social care. Every day, they are providing care and protecting others, often at risk to their own health. They are enabling older and disabled people to live their lives, protecting them from Covid-19, and helping many people to have good, dignified deaths.
These are highly skilled and dedicated professionals and it is essential that the Immigration Bill reflects and acknowledges their value to all of us.
Julie Ogley said:
"The response to the Covid-19 outbreak has underlined the pivotal role that colleagues in social care play in our communities. Their skills, dedication and devotion underpin the care, protection and certainty they are providing for so many of us during these difficult times. Covid-19 has given us all a clear sense of who the essential workers are and what types of skills we all value.
"That is why we are calling on the Government to revise the draft Immigration Bill so that the notion of what constitutes a ‘skilled worker’ is based on what they do, the skills they bring and the difference they make, not the salaries they are paid.
"It is important that we collectively recognise and value the skills and dedication of our brilliant social care workforce.
Notes to Editors
Read more about our three asks of the Government here.
- During the last decade, Directors of Adult Social Services (DASS) have reported making a total of £7.7 billion of savings from their budgets, including having to find £700 million in savings during this financial year (2019-20).
The number of councils experiencing the closure of home care providers has increased by 50 per cent from 2017/8 to 2018/19. (48 in 2017/18 to 72 in 2018/19. This has led to 113 per cent increase in the number of people impacted by home care closures over the same time period (3,290 in 2017/18 to 7,019 to 2018/19).
- High vacancies (122,000, or 7.8% in 2018, up from 110,000 2017) and turnover (440,000 leavers in the last twelve months) result in recurring recruitment and training costs. Adult social care has the highest turnover of any sector at 30.8% and pay must be a factor in this.
- Workforce projections estimate that there would need to be a 36% (580,000) increase in social care jobs to around 2.2 million by 2035. One in six workers would need to be employed in health and social care.
The Association of Directors of Adults Social Services is a charity. Our objectives include:
- Furthering comprehensive, equitable, social policies and plans which reflect and shape the economic and social environment of the time;
- Furthering the interests of those who need social care services regardless of their backgrounds and status;
- Promoting high standards of social care services.
Our members are current and former directors of adult care or social services and their senior staff.
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