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Care homes urge easing of rules on overseas workers to tackle staffing crisis

More than 70,000 care workers may have to leave sector in November if they are not fully vaccinated

Care home leaders are urging the government to lift restrictions on low-paid foreign workers entering the UK to help solve a staffing crisis, which could be exacerbated by more than 70,000 staff being forced out in November if they do not get fully vaccinated.

Care England, which represents the largest private care home chains, said ministers should cut the qualifying salary level for overseas recruitment of social care staff from £25,600 and add all care workers to the shortage occupation list used to grant visas. Currently the list includes only care managers and senior care staff rather than rank and file, even though some operators are facing such extensive shortages that they are having to turn down care requests.

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