Whilst Covid-19 has dominated discussion lately, the UK Government is continuing to press ahead with its Brexit timeline which means a number of changes for EU citizens in the UK.
In light of this, The Scottish Government has worked with JustRight Scotland, a legal and human rights organisation, to publish guidance on the rights of EU citizens in Scotland to vote and work, and to access healthcare, education, housing and benefits which are available at https://ift.tt/2YKH6CK.
These factsheets are intended not only for EU citizens themselves but also for anyone who involved in supporting people living here and are currently available in English, Polish, Romanian, Lithuanian, Spanish and Italian, in line with the nationalities with the highest estimated numbers of EU nationals in Scotland.
Citizens Advice Scotland also continues to deliver an advice service for citizens applying to the EU Settlement Scheme, with qualified advisors able to provide free, confidential and impartial advice and support to anyone applying. Although offices are temporarily closed for face-to-face advice, they continue to operate their national helpline on 0800 916 9847 and more information about the service is available at http://www.cas.org.uk/brexit.
Ms Grahame, SNP MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, said: “Citizens from EU countries significantly enrich our society and make a huge contribution to Scotland’s economy, communities and public services.
“EU Citizens should feel welcome, settled and secure in Scotland, which is why it’s important they are fully informed about their rights and can access vital services. This suite of support in partnership with the Scottish Government is a welcome step to ensuring that’s the case – I’d encourage people to share this widely with their networks to make sure people know it’s there to help.
“Frankly, it is unbelievable that the UK Government continues to press ahead with its Brexit timetable with no account of the impacts Covid-19 has had on the country and on parliamentary business. The Scottish Government will continue to support EU Citizens as best it can with the powers it has as Brexit is imposed upon Scotland despite the Scottish electorate voting against it.”