Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) and BASW issue joint statement about implications of Brexit
Call to recognise and mitigate the risks of Brexit at IFSW European delegates meeting. (September 2019)
BASW statement on no deal Brexit bill and political future (5th September 2019)
The UK's future immigration system (18th October 2019)
After the UK leaves the EU the Government plans to implement a new, unified immigration system, which will apply to all people who come to the UK. According to the Government they intend to implement the future immigration system from 1 January 2021. This briefing sets out the current proposals for the future immigration system, although many of the details remain unknown.
EU Settlement Scheme
There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
You and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK. The scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019. The Home Office have published a report and summary for the public beta test phase.
The Home Office has made up to £9 million available in funding which will be used to help organisations both inform vulnerable individuals about the need to apply for settled status and support them to complete their applications to protect their status as the UK exits the EU.
You can read about the rights and status of UK nationals living in the EU after the UK leaves the EU.
An interesting blog-study that looks at the system of forcing EU residents to apply for Settled Status by a deadline and how it can create problems is available here.
UK Government links - EU Settlement Scheme
UK Government resource ‘Stay in the UK after it leaves the EU ('settled status'): step by step’.
- Government outlines no deal arrangements for EU citizens
Problems affecting the EU Settlement Scheme and a lack of certainty over the future rights of EU citizens resident in the UK means the Government is risking a repeat of the Windrush Scandal, say the Home Affairs Committee in its report on the EU Settlement Scheme
Health and social care
Brexit: Actions to help adult social care get ready for Brexit on 31 October 2019. Letter from Jonathan Marron Director General, Prevention, Community and Social Care to update on steps the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has been taking to get ready for Brexit on 31 October 2019, and to provide some practical information on what to do to support preparations.
Report by the National Audit Office: Exiting the EU: supplying the health and social care sectors. This report examines the progress made by the Department – working with other government departments, NHS and social care providers, and with private sector suppliers – in implementing the Continuity of Supply Programme. It sets out the Department’s plan and records the progress made. Published 27.09.19
Brexit: the implications for health and social care
In an open letter to MPs, The King's Fund, the Health Foundation and Nuffield Trust, summarise the four major areas where the impact of a no deal Brexit could be felt most sharply in health and care. (3rd Sept 2019)
Issues facing children arising from Britain leaving the EU
Local authorities have a responsibility to ensure that eligible children and young people in and leaving their care are able to make a successful application through the EUSS, as failing to do so would risk them becoming undocumented. But 1/3 of LAs don’t know how many children in their care qualify for the scheme, social workers who think that a child they are working with might need to go through EUSS must help that child access legal advice.
This fact sheet provides an explanation of the arrangements for securing the rights of EU citizens residing in UK under the EU settlement scheme, following the vote for the UK to leave the EU and the Draft Withdrawal Agreement.
This fact sheet provides an explanation of the arrangements for securing the rights of looked-after children/care leavers who are currently in the UK under EU legal rights, following the vote for the UK to leave the EU.
Without proper documentation children risk losing access to secondary health care services, being barred from accessing public funds, losing the right to work or rent property, learning to drive or hold a bank account. It is never in the best interest of a child or young person to become undocumented, and local authorities have a general safeguarding duty to ensure this does not occur.
- A joint letter from Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC) and Amnesty International UK has been issued to MP's two took part in a debate on the EU Settlement Scheme: Looked-after Children and Care Leavers, 3 Sept 2019 concerning the rights of children and Government's responsibility to children and care leavers.
- UK Children's Commissioners have written to the Govenment asking for assurances on issues facing children arising from Britain leaving the EU.
- Joint Resolution and Association of Lawyers for Children note to public law children lawyers in England and Wales of practical recommendations in the circumstances of no deal on EU exit.
- Government advice to local authority children’s services in England on how to prepare in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
- Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) have written a Brexit factsheet with advice for social workers protecting children across international borders. They implore social workers to record nationality and citizenship where children are internationally connected, as early on as possible. You can read it here.
How civil society organisations can prepare for when the UK leaves the EU.