There will be a division. I will suspend proceedings to allow members in the chamber and those who have joined the meeting virtually through BlueJeans to access the digital voting system.
17:03 Meeting suspended.
17:15 On resuming—
The result of the division is: For 29, Against 86, Abstentions 0.
Amendment disagreed to.
The next question is, that amendment S5M-22708.1, in the name of David Stewart, which seeks to amend motion S5M-22708, in the name of Joe FitzPatrick, on migration and care workers, be agreed to. Are we agreed?
The result of the division is: For 86, Against 29, Abstentions 0.
Motion, as amended, agreed to,
That the Parliament recognises and appreciates the significant contributions to Scotland’s social care sector made by care professionals from all over the world, and particularly the significant contributions made during the COVID-19 pandemic by people who have chosen to make Scotland their home; notes with concern the impact on Scotland’s social care sector of the UK Government’s proposals for a future immigration system from 1 January 2021, and specifically the impact of its proposed salary threshold of £25,600 and the exclusion of social care workers and health support staff from its new Health and Care Visa; considers that the UK Government’s categorisation of many key workers, including care professionals, as “low skilled” does not recognise the social value, importance and skills required to do these crucial roles; notes that inward migration enriches society for the better, helps to sustain public services and makes a vital contribution to key sectors, including social care; recognises that the UK Government’s proposals risk causing serious staff shortages in social care and other sectors; calls on the UK Government to include social care workers on the Shortage Occupation List and within the Health and Care Visa, and to engage with the Scottish Government to develop tailored migration proposals that meet the needs of Scotland’s economy, public services and communities; notes that the average hourly wage for social care workers of £9.79, as reported by the Fair Work Convention in 2019, means that average full-time salaries for social care remain below the proposed Shortage Occupation List threshold; acknowledges that low pay within the social care sector is one of the main reasons for challenges with recruitment and retention in Scotland, and believes that the value of the skilled work done by social care staff must be reflected in their pay and conditions, and that improvements to pay within the sector must be delivered as part of the establishment of a National Care Service.
That concludes decision time. We will shortly move on to a members’ business debate. Would members who are leaving the chamber please do so quietly and take care to observe social distancing at all times.
17:24 Members’ business will be published tomorrow, 16 September 2020, as soon as the text is available.