Casting some light on the overheated subject of immigration
By guest blogger BOB FERGUSON
I may have missed it, of course, but, as we draw ever closer to the general election, I haven’t noticed a statement from the care industry emphasising the significance of immigrant workers to their members’ businesses.
Immigration will be one of the hot topics on the hustings. Unfortunately, it is one that – much like welfare – tends to be driven more by prejudice than recorded facts. Since so many people seem to get their political education from misleading – in some cases downright repugnant – tabloid headlines, that tendency is likely to crystalise as the campaign warms up.
Surely industry leaders can’t simply watch from the sidelines as an ill-informed debate about the net value of immigration threatens to undermine a key foundation of the sector. I believe they can contribute constructively to that debate, by drawing on the experiences of their members to make clear how dependent care providers are on workers from overseas – be they from the EU or elsewhere – without becoming mired in party politics.
Such a statement would have greater weight were it to be made by a united sector. What is the Care Provider Alliance for if not for that? Their members are routinely assessed on the extent to which they are well-led. Let them demonstrate how they rate against that benchmark, I say.
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