£ 8 million to help vulnerable people apply for EU settlement scheme
The Ministry of the Interior has today (Friday, March 6, 2020) another 8 million.
More than 3.2 million applications for the EU Settlement Scheme have already been submitted and almost 2.9 million statuses have been granted that will remain for over a year.
Charities and local authorities will apply for additional funding to provide personal, online and telephone assistance to those in need across the UK. This can include legal assistance, case handler services, or general advice in one-to-one or group sessions.
Last year the Home Office provided £ 9 million in funding to 57 charities across the UK that have helped hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people.
The additional £ 8 million in funding for fiscal 2020-2021 will ensure that critical information continues to get to those hardest to reach.
Minister for Future Borders and Immigration Kevin Foster said:
EU citizens are an integral part of our society, culture and community and this is their home.
Supporting vulnerable EU citizens and their families is at the fore of our approach to EU arbitration.
This new funding means no stone unturned to ensure everyone gets the help they need.
As with all government funding, there will be a competitive tendering process to ensure that all parts of the UK receive the right support and that public funds are used to the full.
Funding for the 57 charities currently funded by the Ministry of the Interior will be extended until the end of June 2020 so that their work can continue during the application process for new funding.
Successful organizations receive extensive support from the Ministry of the Interior and can speak directly to case officers to discuss individual cases.
The bidding process will begin shortly and further details will be announced in due course.
The EU Settlement Scheme was introduced in March 2019 and gives EU citizens and their family members the status they need to live and work in the UK after June 30, 2021.
There is a wide range of support services available online, over the phone, and in person to help them apply.
This includes a helpline open 7 days a week with 250 employees in Liverpool answering questions and helping people with applications. A total of 1,500 employees of the Ministry of the Interior are working on the program.
Home visits and telephone tutoring for those who do not have digital skills or who do not have internet access.