Layla Moran

Boris Johnson happy to clap for carers but not give them a visa

Responding to the news that social care workers won't qualify for the government's new Health and Care Visa, Liberal Democrat leadership contender Layla Moran said

"How can Boris Johnson clap for carers one day then refuse to give them a visa the next. It is disgraceful that those risking their lives each day helping vulnerable people during this pandemic are being told they're not skilled enough to qualify for a visa.

"This an incredibly reckless decision at a time when there are already over 120,000 job vacancies in social care. Our social care system relies on many overseas workers, we should be welcoming them in not shutting them out.

"The government must also guarantee that carers from overseas are given the right to live here permanently. It would be a scandal equivalent to Windrush should any one of them be ordered to leave the UK."

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