EU Settlement Scheme: fully funded assistance for employers
Employers in Somerset have access to fully funded support through a partnership between the Home Office, Somerset County Council and local charity, Diversity Voice.
EU, EEA and Swiss citizens must apply to the EUSS in order to live and work in the UK after June 30 2021. The scheme runs alongside the new points-based immigration system until that time. Those industries particularly reliant on EU staff, such as warehousing and distribution, food production, catering, crop picking, and tourism-related businesses may find operations particularly affected if staff do not apply in time. Although employers have no right to insist on knowing employees’ status, and of course cannot discriminate, they can play a role in publicising the scheme.
“As we approach the last few months of the project, we’re finding that it is individuals with more complex cases who have yet to apply. With people continuing to be pre-occupied by the pandemic, the concern is that some may leave it until it’s too late”, said Tanya Lawler, CEO at Diversity Voice.
Diversity Voice staff are OISC/1 (EUSS) registered, and can work with employers to offer advice, multi-language workplace publicity materials, information in other languages and 1:1 support for employees, either in the workplace or in COVID-safe community settings. Some 1,000 individuals have accessed the service since the project began in October 2019. Diversity Voice is working with employers of all sizes to ensure their teams are ready for the deadline.
Employers can direct staff for self-referral or can contact the team to get bespoke help.
0300 075 0105