The government is looking at plans to exempt the social care sector from a proposed post-Brexit migration policy over fears that it could worsen the workforce crisis.
The news came from a Whitehall source, who said a no-deal Brexit could lead to the social care system collapsing by Christmas.
“Leaving the EU in October is a different prospect from March, creating a perfect storm. Some workers leave the social care system to take up seasonal retail work as it is better paid,” the source told The Times.
“This will be coupled with the potential exodus of the migrant workers and an influx of expats.”
The government has proposed that migrants coming to the UK post-Brexit would face a £30,000 minimum salary threshold.
Social care experts believe this would exacerbate staff shortages in the sector, which has around 110,000 vacancies.