A Skills for Care report last year revealed that nearly 10 per cent of the adult social care workforce in England held an EU nationality. In addition, there are many more EU nationals receiving care from providers. In order to continue living and working in the UK, the vast majority of EU workers will need to apply to the EUSS to receive a valid UK immigration status.
Working with Department of Health and Social Care and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Care Provider Alliance is developing information and resources to help the sector with the EU Settlement Scheme. Through a number of industry surveys and feedback from the 10 member organisations, the CPA is helping address any implications that may arise for the adult social care workforce, people who use social care services and their family and friends in England.
While the cut-off point for applications is still a year away (30 June 2021), and there is no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK, the CPA has made a number of recommendations to help with business continuity:
- Review your business continuity plan to ensure it covers the EU Settlement Scheme and implications for your workforce and people who use your services.
- Assess how many members of staff and people who use your service might be affected by the EU Settlement Scheme. You’ll need to understand if they’re likely to leave the UK before 30 June 2021 or if they might need extra support to apply to the scheme, and what actions you can take to manage the implications and reduce any risks.
- Ensure relevant staff, people using your services and their next-of-kin or advocates, are aware of the EU Settlement Scheme and how to apply.
- Encourage and support staff and others to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021.
- Provide information and reassurance to staff, those using your services and their family or friends.
- Ensure staff can direct people using services and carers to information about the EU Settlement Scheme but ensure they don’t act as formal advisers on the issues or process.
- Allocate staff time and resources to the issue. This will vary depending on the scale and type of your organisation. Staff with lead responsibility for workforce contingency planning and engagement with people who use your services may be the most relevant leads on the EU Settlement Scheme.
For further resources and business continuity guidance, visit the dedicated CPA EU Settlement here.
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About the EU Settlement Scheme
Who needs to apply?
Citizens of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland and their family members need to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme to obtain their new immigration status, following the UK’s departure from the EU.
You also need to apply if you:
- were born in the UK but are not a British citizen.
- have a UK permanent residence document.
- are a family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who does not need to apply.
- are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen with a British citizen family member.
Who doesn’t need to apply?
- People with British or Irish citizenship (including dual citizenship).
- People who have ‘indefinite leave to enter’ the UK.
- People who have ‘indefinite leave to remain’ in the UK.
How to I apply?
It’s a short, 3-step online application form using a computer, tablet or mobile phone. Once you have made an application for yourself, this can be linked to your family member’s application, using your unique applicant number.
It is free to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021.
Additional application guidance can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-settlement-scheme-leaflet/eu-settlement-scheme-leaflet.
The application can be made at https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-status
The employer toolkit can be found here. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/eu-settlement-scheme-employer-toolkit
Additional support for vulnerable citizens applying to the EU Settlement Scheme can be found here https://www.gov.uk/help-eu-settlement-scheme