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Care worker eligibility - new recommendations from MAC

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) which advises the Home Office has this week recommended to the government that they introduce fast-track work visas for care workers from overseas wishing to work in the UK.

We have been engaging with MAC since the start of this year, particularly around the issue of personal assistants and live-in carers and are therefore delighted that the MAC has made their recommendation and recognised that immediate action is needed.

The severe shortage of care workers has had a profound impact on many people with spinal cord injury who rely on expert carers to deliver the support they need to live.

In our recent ‘What Matters?’ research into the issues and concerns of spinal cord injured people, 70% of respondents said accessing social care was their biggest concern, particularly around the turnover of carers and the quality of the care provided.

And this issue is at the forefront of our members minds too, with our helpline being inundated by members who have been left desperate by the care worker shortage in the UK.

Read Lynda, Pete and Peter’s experience of what the care crisis has meant for them.

We welcome MAC’s interim recommendation as an important step to mitigate the care crisis. The Home Office must now implement it with the urgency that the crisis demands.

Next steps – how you can help

We want the Government to act on this recommendation immediately and need help to make this happen.   We’re asking people to write to their MP asking them to support the MAC recommendation.

Simply click on the link below for a template letter which you can send to your MP. If you’re not sure who your MP is, or their contact details, these can be found here.