• Vicky Holmes

Key National Updates

Updated: Jul 26

Coronavirus (COVID‑19) Recent and upcoming changes

The Government has announced more details about step 4, the final stage of the roadmap, which will start on 19th July 2021. There are also 5 principles for managing COVID-19 as we learn to live with the virus. Find out what will change following a move to step 4.

European Union Settlement Scheme

General applications to the Scheme have now closed. From 1 July 2021, EU, EEA and Swiss nationals - and family members - need a valid immigration status to be in the UK. People can expect to be asked to show digital status. They can do this through their ‘view and prove account. Agencies like the NHS, HMRC and DWP have automatic access to records to check a person’s eligibility. Private landlords and employers can confirm protected rights online. It remains the case that schools and nurseries do not need to check immigration status but families are strongly urged to resolve immigration issues so as not to build-up problems when a child later looks for a job, training, university, etc. For people who have applied to EUSS but not had a decision, the Home Office says existing rights are preserved subject to a final okay on the application. For people yet to apply, there are specific and limited circumstances under which the Home Office will look at a late application, but reasonable grounds for not applying before the 30 June deadline must be demonstrated. Applications should be made online. Newcastle City Council has updated its EUSS webpage with a wide range of advice including how to get in touch with local organisations able to help individuals who might need that bit of extra assistance.

Summer jobs portal

The DWP has launched a new summer jobs portal with an initial 20,000 vacancies. The portal is available now and features summer, seasonal and temporary roles for jobseekers of all ages throughout the UK. Sign up is available here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information from Public Health England

Public Health England has published the following guidance for:

Newcastle City Council Active Inclusion: 26 July 2021

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