Experts in welfare benefits are urging believe housing customers to get advice and the latest information on their status as coronavirus restrictions are reduced.
As restrictions from the coronavirus pandemic are gradually reduced, some substantial changes to welfare benefits are coming into effect.
Millions of people across the UK have been on furlough at different times during the pandemic, which is due to end later in the year. Experts at believe housing can provide advice on benefits that are available to anyone who finds themselves out of work and help with how to start looking for a new job.
The biggest changes coming into place apply to anyone who is a European Union, European Economic Area or Swiss citizen. These changes were delayed by the coronavirus pandemic but will be introduced this summer.
From Thursday, 1 July 2021 to continue living, working or claiming benefits in the UK it is essential that EU, EEA, Swiss citizens and those whose residency is based on being married to one of these groups, apply to the ‘EU Settlement Scheme’. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 30 June 2021. This applies to people of all ages, from children to anyone who has retired.
More information, and online applications, are available at www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families
Some citizens may be able to stay in the UK without applying, such as Irish citizens and anyone who has indefinite leave to remain. It is important to check if this applies.
Help applying or answering any other questions that EU, EEA or Swiss citizens might have is available from the EU Settlement Resolution Centre at www.eu-settled-status-enquiries.service.gov.uk/start or by calling 0300 123 7379.