Certificate of Sponsorship: Foreign Health and Care Workers - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords am 2:58 pm ar 13 Tachwedd 2023.

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Photo of Lord Sahota Lord Sahota Llafur 2:58, 13 Tachwedd 2023

My Lords, is the Minister aware that these care workers—not all of them, but some—who come to the UK to look after our elderly are sometimes charged thousands of pounds by recruiting companies and care companies. It has sometimes been as much as £20,000, yet it is illegal for the workers to pay more than £260 for the costs of their visas and travelling. Sometimes—not always—when they arrive in the UK, the company that hired them will fire them after a few months so that it can bring in another worker and charge them £20,000. My information is based on talking to some of these care workers. They do not want to give their names, or the names of their companies, because their immigration status is rather precarious. Are the Government aware of this money-making scam?