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Council takes positive steps to help residents prepare for Brexit

News release 8531, published on 10 Sep 2019
Local residents can get help and support on changes that may affect them following Brexit, thanks to £21,400 of funding from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

Citizens Advice Basingstoke and Tadley will be providing a new service to support residents in the borough affected by changes as a result of Brexit.

European citizens living in the UK are required to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021, with an estimated 7,000 people currently living in the borough eligible to apply to the scheme.

Other support the charity will provide includes guidance on employment rights and EU employees’ rights to stay, UK citizens living overseas and looking to return and consumer concerns such as travel insurance.

The new service forms part of the council’s preparation work, alongside its partners, to look at the potential impacts and opportunities that Brexit may bring and ensure residents and businesses are prepared.

Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cllr Ken Rhatigan said: “We understand this is an uncertain time for residents and businesses in the borough and, as a council, we have taken a proactive approach to ensure we are on hand to support those affected.

“Some residents may need additional support to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme and speak to someone about other concerns they may have and this funding will support Citizens Advice to provide this valuable service.”

Graham Hatcher, Citizens Advice Basingstoke and Tadley said: “Settled status is just one of many Brexit enquiries residents will be asking Citizens Advice for help. As a local charity funding is challenging so we are very grateful for this additional support. It will cover the additional costs for the work required to help our local community.”

As well as help and support from Citizens Advice, digital assistance is available for residents who do not have the access, skills or confidence to complete the online form by appointment at Viables Community Centre. To arrange an appointment, please call We Are Digital on 03333 445675.

For more information and guidance on Brexit, visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/brexit

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