Two-thirds believe social care should be exempt from the points-based system
According to research undertaking the British Future, an independent policy think tank, 63% of the British public believe that important jobs such as nursing and social care workers should be exempt from the new points-based system which will be rolled out January of next year. By westkinassociates – Immigration Lawyers London – 5th Floor Maddox House, 1 Maddox Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2PZ
It is important to note that the research highlights bi-partisan support for the exemption with a majority from both parties stating the need to protect social care work. 62% of Conservative voters, as well as 67% of Labour voters, back the exemption.
The Telegraph notes that the majority (73%) of Remain voters (those who voted for Britain to remain within the European Union) also support this protection as well as a lower majority (58%) of Leavers (those who voted for Britain to leave the European Union). This divide may well illustrate Leave voters concern over EU migration, which is used to support certain industries such as food production and social care work.
The new system
The new points-based-system is geared towards reducing low-skilled EU migration which the majority (51%) of British people support. Instead, the system is geared towards securing high skilled and highly paid work.
In order to secure leave in the UK, migrants will need to hold 70 points under the new system. Points are awarded depending on different criteria such as holding a job, having a high salary, speaking English and depending on your level of education.
This is likely to be of disadvantage to the social care sector where there is already a shortage in labour and migrant workers may be subject to removal after the transition period.
Workers within this sector earn as little as £17,000 a year thus it likely that they would not pass this system and may require an exemption.
When will the new system take effect?
The transition period which is set to end at the end of the year will bring an end to Britain’s current immigration relationship with the EU. This means that EU migrants will no longer be able to freely come, study and live in the UK.
This, however, may be delayed due to a series of unpredictable events including the current pandemic of Corona which is set to take a toll on the economy and sow uncertainty.
In either case, it is mandatory that all EU nationals, as well as non-UK family members residing in the UK, who wish to remain in the UK after the transition period apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.