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Crisis threatens London social care services following Brexit

28 March 2018

Around 13 per cent of London’s care workers are from the EU, with the capital’s adult care sector far more dependent on non-British EEA (European Economic Area) workers than any other region in England.

Sadiq Khan says that London's social care services could 'plunge into crisis' due to the threat to EU care workers in the capital and the care sector’s recruitment and staff retention problems.

Kamran Mallick, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, told The Independent:

“The social care sector is already badly understaffed, with many services struggling to recruit enough people to meet demand. There’s a danger Brexit will exacerbate those recruitment problems.

“We need the government to come up with a strategy which will help ensure disabled people can get access to the social care services they want and need.

“We’ve already seen the impact of cuts to social care support and the knock on effect on individuals, their families and the communities they live in. It’s crucial that isn’t made worse by a recruitment crisis.”