Care homes hit by migrant workers exodus

Points Based System limited the number of social care jobs open to foreigners 19 January 2009 – Care homes are struggling to survive as tens of thousands of foreign workers quit recession-hit Britain.

Council leaders warn in a report to be published tomorrow that care homes and the farming industry will be the hardest hit by the huge number of migrant workers heading home. Both are heavily reliant on cheap foreign labour.

The exodus could mean soaring fees for the elderly and leave homes facing the threat of closure.

Local Government Association chairman Margaret Eaton said: "In the care system, migrant workers are the backbone of the workforce."

Care home bosses say the problem has been made worse by laws limiting the number of jobs open to workers from outside the EU.

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