Virtual Schoolbag (VSB)
Information for schools about the government's settlement scheme for EU employees.
We know that the uncertainty around Brexit can be unsettling for some people, especially for our staff who are European Union (EU) citizens. As an employer, ESCC values the contribution made by all employees, and we’re committed to keeping our staff informed about how Brexit may affect them.
As you might already be aware, the government has created a settlement scheme for EU citizens. The scheme allows EU citizens to continue living and working in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.
A pilot version of the settlement scheme, aimed at people working in health and social care, ran at the end of 2018. From 21 January 2019, the pilot scheme is open to all EU citizens with a biometric passport, and an Android phone that supports NFC or ‘contactless’ connection. The settlement scheme will fully open from 30 March, at which point there will be a wider range of ways to apply. The final deadline for applications to the scheme is 30 June 2021.
HR has written directly to ESCC employees who are EU citizens, to make sure they are informed about the pilot scheme, and have the information they need to apply to the scheme at a time of their choosing.
There is no action that schools need to take at present, but we encourage you to share information about the settlement scheme with employees. You can find out more via the webshop, at the link below – this is open content accessible to all schools, and has also been provided in letters to employees.
On 21 January the Prime Minister announced that there will be no fee when the scheme opens fully on 30 March 2019. Anyone who has applied already, or who applies and pays a fee during the pilot phase, will have their fee refunded. Details of the refunds process will be published on the GOV.UK website shortly.
We appreciate that there’s still uncertainty around the UK’s future relationship with the EU, and the settlement scheme is dependent on a final withdrawal agreement being reached. The County Council will continue to monitor the settlement scheme, and will update schools and employees as appropriate. At present there are no changes to how employers check or record employees’ eligibility to work, and no new responsibilities for schools arising from the settlement scheme. We will keep you informed of any changes as they arise.
If you have any questions about the scheme, please contact the HR Strategy Team on 01273 335061.
Phone: 01273 335061