Social Services: EU Nationals

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of EU citizens in social care who will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Skills for Care estimated that, in 2017/18, there were up to 82,500 jobs held by workers with a European Union nationality who would be eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme or for pre-settled status.

Skills for Care’s published these estimates in September 2018, in their report, ‘The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England’. This can be found at the following link:

https://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/NMDS-SC-intelligence/Workforce-intelligence/publications/The-state-of-the-adult-social-care-sector-and-workforce-in-England.aspx

The Prime Minister announced on 21 January 2019 that, as of 30 March 2019, all applications to the settlement scheme will be free. Additionally, where individuals have applied, or do apply, before that date, and are charged an application fee, then this fee will be refunded to them.

The Department has undertaken a targeted communications campaign with stakeholders, employers, charities and representative bodies in the care sector. This is to ensure that as many of our EU workforce are aware of the straight forward and user-friendly scheme that allows them to secure their long-term rights to stay and work in the United Kingdom after we leave the EU.

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