An urgent new campaign aimed at contacting Nottingham and Nottinghamshire’s more vulnerable, hard-to-reach EU citizens is being coordinated by Nottingham Law Centre. The aim is to make sure that everyone eligible to apply to the government’s EU Settlement Scheme knows they need to act fast before the 30 June (2021) deadline.
The Nottingham charity’s word-of-mouth campaign, ‘Must tell my Neighbour’ #EUTellThem is asking residents across the city and county to speak to a neighbour, a friend or family member who is either an EU, EEA (includes Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or Swiss citizen, and encourage them to call the Nottingham Law Centre about the EU Settlement Scheme if they haven’t already applied and need help.
‘Must tell my neighbour’ #EUTellThem is also encouraging everyone to share a photo of themselves on social media holding the #EUTellThem sign. As wel as being the theme of a video created from user-generated content and designed to be shared on all social media channels. The clip will goes live from 14 June when radio, TV and news and social media coverage across Nottinghamshire will reinforce the message. The campaign already has the support of the Nottingham Trussell Trust Foodbanks, and Grace Church who are helping with the video production.
Sally Denton, a senior lawyer at Nottingham Law Centre said, “We need as many people as possible to spread the word that time is running out to complete the EUSS documents and submit them to the Home Office. Our message is simple: ‘get in touch with us if you want to protect your rights and benefits, and remain in the UK.’ The service is free of charge to anyone who, for whatever reason, will find going through the application process confusing or technically challenging. Perhaps they don’t have access to a computer or an iPhone; they may struggle to understand the language or process or be a bit wary of official forms and afraid of making a mistake.
“Some people will have lived in the UK for many years, or they may be homeless or in care, and don’t know that it is now the law to apply to remain here. At the Nottingham Law Centre, we can go through the paperwork with them, but they do need to call now and fix an appointment with one of our solicitors.”
According to the Home Office, over 5.4 million EU applications have been received since the Scheme launched in 2019, but concerns remain over vulnerable citizens who do not apply. Nottingham Law Centre is one of a network of national organisations funded to advise and support the most vulnerable individuals and families to comply with the legislation introduced following the UK’s departure from the European Union on 31 December 2020.
Anyone concerned about how to meet the EU Settlement Scheme requirements by Wednesday 30 June can call Nottingham Law Centre on 0115 978 7813.