A Lichfield councillor has called for more to be done to ensure EU citizens are fully aware of the need to apply for settled status before the end of the month.

Cllr Jeyan Anketell

The deadline of 30th June is looming for people who have lived in the UK continuously for more than five years to apply.

Cllr Jeyan Anketell, Labour representative for Stowe ward at Lichfield District Council, said:

“The leader of the council has said that Staffordshire County Council is leading on this matter, but even if that is true why does the district council not publicise the deadline as other local councils? Not that I have seen anything from Staffordshire either mind. 

“In May 2019 the House of Commons’ Home Affairs Committee looking at this said there must be improvements in public awareness of the EU Settlement Scheme because too many people were at risk of failing to apply.

“I would add that there will be problems for local residents and businesses in our district too if there is not a concerted effort locally, to raise awareness of the looming deadline.”

Cllr Jeyan Anketell, Lichfield District Council

Cllr Steve Norman, leader of the Labour opposition group on Lichfield District Council, said it was important for companies that those residents eligible to apply did so.

“The thought of forcibly deporting much-needed skilled workers employed in local businesses simply because they failed to meet the  deadline is too awful to think about.

“More publicity is needed, and I know organisations like City of Sanctuary are one of the contacts Birmingham City Council are giving to their residents to get help and support with applications.

“Why can’t Lichfield or the county council do the same?” 

Cllr Steve Norman, Lichfield District Council

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4 Comments

  1. All this concern for EU citizens ? How about MORE concern for our OAPs who are unaware of their ability to receive extra benefits but are too proud to apply because they believe it to be charity instead of their Right to receive pension credits ? So come on councillors start thinking about British citizens who pay their way for your expenses ? Charity begins at HOME ?

  2. @Grumpy Old Man – Working age people like me and all those EU nationals are paying taxes right now to pay the enormous welfare bill, most of which goes on state pensions and pension credit. If elderly people believe benefits are charity and don’t want to claim them, maybe they’ve spent too long listening to the lies of the many Tory governments so many of them vote for. Cry me a river.

  3. Well said – especially true for EU citizens who are OAPs. They are facing a double whammy.

  4. @Grumpy old Man: Thanks to Brexit, EU citizens now have to apply for settled status in order to remain in this country. Those who fail to do this face being deported. As this is a legal requirement, they have to be made aware of it and told there is a deadline so that they have an opportunity to apply.

    As a group, EU citizens pay their way in this country. They are net contributors. Many do vital jobs. Some of them are the very health care professionals and care workers who look after our elderly. This country has an aging population, and it is the working population that ensures they are looked after financially. That working population includes EU citizens who are now having to jump through hoops in order to retain the right to stay.

    Other EU citizens come here to study. They pay through the nose for the privilege. They too have spent the past year in lockdown and will have found it even harder than British students to return home to see their families. They will have spent a lot of money and contributed to the local economy.

    Meanwhile, EU countries have their own arrangements so that British citizens can remain there. Many of them are actually pensioners who have, for example, retired to sunnier climes. They too have a right to expect to be made aware of the rules that apply to them.

    I wonder what Grumpy old Man thinks would happen if we didn’t make EU citizens aware of the need to apply for settled status and deported large numbers of them instead? Does he think that the Spanish government would merrily carry on allowing Brits to remain in Spain, living off their pensions and making demands on the Spanish health service? Does he think the French would be happy about the number of Brits owning property there that could otherwise be occupied by French citizens, while their own people are thrown out of the UK? If he is happy for our German doctors and Polish care home workers to be sent packing, would he want Brits living in Europe to receive the same treatment?

    Is this how Grumpy old Man wants British OAPs to be treated?

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