The Home Office has now launched regular raids and inspection on care homes in various parts of the UK.
They are checking everything from the daily attendance register of the workers to pay slips. Absent employees are asked to report to work at a later date if they are shown to be on leave. The Home Office has suspended the licenses of several care homes this week due to irregularities.
Allegations of inhumane human trafficking against lots of care homes in the name of care visas across the UK have been going on for the past year and a half including the Bangladeshi community. But this week, the Home Office came to the ground after top media including Britain’s Sky News reported on the inhumane behavior and activities of care homes with workers on care visas.
Home Office officials went on raids and found that care homes that needed ten people had brought in thirty care workers. The Home Office investigation also found instances where the care home authorities did not know the whereabouts of staff on visas from the care home concerned. The investigation also found that the lawyer involved in the skilled worker visa application on behalf of the care home applied for the visa by using the care home’s login and password without knowing the care home.
Barrister Shuvagata Dey, managing partner of Lexpert Solicitors LLP in London, told the Daily Dazzling Dawn on Tuesday, victims are constantly coming to us after the cancellation of the license of the care home.
This lawyer believes that, after the news of widespread irregularities in this sector, the level of home office investigations in care homes will increase in the coming days.
Last year, 77,700 people were given care visas by Britain’s Home Office. The government added aged care workers to the shortage occupation list in 2021 to fill the growing number of vacancies since Brexit. Last year thirty thousand workers from India, 18 thousand from Nigeria and 17 thousand from Zimbabwe came to Britain on care visa. As of March this year, 57,693 people have been issued care visas by the Home Office.
It should be mentioned, there are countless complaints of not being able to provide full time work against the care homes that bring thousands of workers on care visas to different immigrant communities, including Bangladeshis, in Britain. On the other hand, the care homes are saying that those who are coming from different countries including Bangladesh on care visa, they are not able to work properly because they do not have minimum work and language skills.
Migrant’s Rights Network chief executive Fizza Qureshi told the media that many migrant workers are trapped by employers’ tactics. Care workers are abused and treated unfairly in many areas.
Adis Sehic, senior policy officer at the Work Rights Center, said threats are often used as a tool to control workers. The current system leaves too much power in the hands of sponsors.