Welsh social care sector begins post-Brexit planning

The Welsh government is funding research into how the social care workforce will be affected by Brexit to help the sector prepare for future needs.

As many as 80,000 staff work in adult social care in Wales and data will be collated to help identify areas of the country and jobs that are particularly dependent on EU nationals.

A total of £200,000 has been taken from the government’s EU transition fund, a £50m pot of money set up to help public services and businesses prepare for Brexit, with the withdrawal date set for 29 March 2019.

The government said the research will help stakeholders ensure their contingency plans are proportionate to the level of potential risk.

Social care minister Huw Irranca-Davies (pictured) said: ‘Having robust and complete nationality data which covers all aspects of the market, as well as other workforce data which could effectively be collected at the same time, will enable the Welsh government to support the sector in identifying and planning for its workforce requirements post-Brexit.’

Gerry Evans, director of regulation and intelligence and deputy chief executive of Social Care Wales, added: ‘We know that individuals from the EU have made an important contribution to delivering quality care in Wales and this research will help us to understand approaches that need to be adopted to maintain and extend the social care workforce into the future.’