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Charles Kelly at the Care Home Conference 2006

Immigration adviser and recruitment specialist, Charles Kelly, addressed the Care Conference at Britain’s biggest Care Show at the NEC today.

The title of Charles’ talk: “Are You Employing Overseas Staff Illegally?” went down well with the audience at the show, which had a record 2000 pre-registered visitors.

Charles was keen to stress that he was talking about employers who unwittingly employ staff without proper papers and not those who deliberately flout the law.

“There are thousands of people working illegally in the UK”, Charles said. “The government admitted that there could be half a million people in the UK illegally, and most of them I guess are working somewhere??”

Charles covered the main changes following the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act, which became law in March 2006.

Measures are being introduced to prevent illegal working including new penalties of £2000 and a possible 2 year custodial sentence if found knowingly to use or exploit illegal workers.

In practice this means that employer’s must ensure employees have the right to work, and check passports, visas, and, where applicable, work permits.

He also stressed that work permits are applicable to one employer and are not transferable.

“We talk to at least one employer every week who is employing someone on a work permit issued to a previous company”.

Charles pointed out that this situation often goes on for years and only comes to light when the unfortunate work permit holder tries to renew their visa or apply for indefinite leave, in some cases leading to deportation.

Charles called on the government to recognise that the care industry desperately needs staff and has thousands of unfilled vacancies.

“The industry will always find it difficult to recruit sufficient staff. One reason is that care homes are competing against the Tesco’s and Starbucks of this world, which can afford higher wages and better working conditions.”

“Workers in Tescos and Starbucks don’t have to do NVQs or go through registration

and can earn more money with better social hours”

The new Eastern European workers are NOT going to solve the problem because they have the same rights as UK residents to work in Tesco’s and Starbucks.

In closing, Charles wished to remind the Government that:

  • The care industry is a special case

  • The care industry needs overseas workers

  • The care industry would collapse without overseas staff

Finally he urged the Home Office not to shut the doors to non-EU overseas workers and to leave some flexibility in the system or – as Dame Denise Platt said – “patients could be put at risk”.

Further details of the full speech are available on request by emailing info@immigrationmatters.co.uk

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2 Responses to “Charles Kelly Speaks at Care Show”
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  1. I recently got a 10 year ban from the british embassy for seeking asylum in ireland in 2003. (i entered Ireland through the U.K. at that time) is it possible to request for a pardon or a reduced sentence in my appeal.

  2. DR MASIMBA MAVAZA says :

    THE OBJECT OF EC/EU/EEA LAW IS STRAIGHTFORWARD. EU/EEA NATIONALS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS ARE ENTITLED TO MOVE FREELY AMONG MEMBER STATES TO WORK SET UP IN SELF EMPLOYMENT, RETIRE AND STUDY.THE RIGHTS ARE NOT UNRESTRICTED, BUT THEY ARE POWERFUL, NONETHELESS. THE KEY TO THEIR ENJOYMENT IS THAT THE INDIVIDUAL WISHING TO RELY ON THEM IS EXERCISING TREATY RIGHTS. IN THIS WAY THE LAW TO SPY ON STUDENTS BY THEIR LECTURERS IS MEANT AND DIRECTED TO NONE EU/EEC CITIZENS, THAT LEAVES US WITH AFRICANS AND ASIANS. THIS SMELLS OF RACISM AND SHOULD BE NEVER ALLOWED TO SUCCEED. SO THE RESOLUTION TO BOYCOTT BY THE UNUVERSITY LECTIRERS IS NOBBLE AND OBVIOUSLY A GREAT CRY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. GOD FORBIDS THE LAW MUST NOT BE ALLOWED AT ALL.

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