The government has unveiled its new Australian-style points-based system for migrants wishing to work in the UK, with care leaders warning the policy could force care homes and home care agencies to close.
Home Secretary Priti Patel who launched the proposal for the new immigration points system
The government plans to introduce the new system, when freedom of movement is no longer applicable in Britain due to Brexit, and people from the EU are treated the same as other foreign workers.
Under the plans there will be no visas for what the government terms as low skilled migrants earning under £25,600. Care workers tend to earn less than this so would not be eligible.
There are estimated to be around 92,000 EU care workers currently in the UK, making up seven per cent of the care workforce. This varies from region to region, with EU workers being two per cent of the care workforce in the north-east and 12 per cent in London.