Bobby Dean leads call for Hong Konger qualifications to be recognised in the UK

5 Mar 2024
Bobby Dean

Bobby Dean, Liberal Democrat candidate for Carshalton and Wallington, has led calls for the qualifications of Hong Kongers living in the UK to be recognised, with many locked out of careers in the social work and care industries despite being properly trained.

Working with his Lib Dem colleagues in Parliament, Bobby initiated a letter calling on the Government to help Hong Kongers convert their qualifications to the British equivalent to address shortages in various occupations in the economy.

Alongside Bobby, the letter has also been signed by party leader Sir Ed Davey MP, Sarah Olney MP, Munira Wilson MP, and the Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Wimbledon Paul Kohler.

In a separate initiative, Bobby has been working with Sutton Council on the feasibility of a conversion course specifically for Hong Konger social workers. An initial programme has been drawn up and the Council is now seeking funding partners for the project.

Commenting, Bobby Dean said:

“Having listened to the concerns of our local Hong Kong community, it is clear that many are being locked out of jobs as their qualifications are simply not being recognised.

“After years of Tory mismanagement, we now have huge shortages in sectors like social care and I know that the Council is always looking for more social workers. Allowing Hong Kongers to convert their qualifications to British equivalents will go a long way to addressing these problems.

“The Lib Dems will continue to call on the Government to make it easier for people from Hong Kong to have their qualifications recognised, while also maintaining high standards so people get the care they deserve."