The additional £2.5m funding will go to a network of 68 grant-funded organizations located across the UK that support people applying for EUSS who have vulnerabilities such as language barriers and the IT support.
Since 2019, the Home Office has made over £27million in grants available to these organisations. The extended funding will ensure that practical support remains available for a wide range of vulnerable groups, including people with disabilities, children, people with serious mental health issues, victims of human trafficking or domestic violence, and the homeless, elderly or isolated.
The network has already helped over 415,000 vulnerable and hard to reach people with applications to the program and this additional funding will be in place until at least September 30, 2022. It is still possible to make a late request to the EUSS if you have reason to exceed the deadline of June 30, 2021.
During a visit to St Paul’s Advice Center in Bristol today, one of the organizations providing face-to-face support, Minister for Safe and Legal Migration Kevin Foster said:
Supporting vulnerable applicants has always been a key aspect of the EU Settlement Program, and I am delighted to confirm additional funding for grant-funded organizations that help people get the status they deserve. The extra money will mean that these organizations are well placed to continue their excellent work of helping and supporting vulnerable EU citizens and their families to apply for the scheme.
The EU settlement program has been a resounding success with over 6.4 million applications and over 5.7 million status grants as of February 28, 2022. I urge anyone who has not yet applied and who needs help to do so research the range of support available and apply to secure their rights without delay.
This funding is in addition to the wide range of supports available to those applying to the EUSS. This includes Assisted Digital Placements across the UK which can help people who may not have the appropriate skills or access to apply online.
The grant-funded network supported by the Home Office includes charities, local authorities and community groups based across the UK.
Steve Woodcock, Executive Director of St Paul’s Advice Center Bristol, said:
St Paul’s Counseling Center is pleased to receive continued funding to maintain our EU Settlement Program services. This will allow us to continue to help vulnerable households in our community access the advice and support they need to secure their future in the UK.
Tom Finney, EUSS Team Leader, Newport Mind, said:
The Home Office’s decision to provide this crucial funding is welcome.
Through this grant, Newport Mind can continue to provide EU citizens living and working in Wales with vital assistance and support. With these new funds, we aim to continue to develop our service to meet the changing needs of our most vulnerable customers.
Gill Pipkin, CEO, CAB Cornwall said:
This funding will allow us to dedicate support to the most vulnerable in our migrant communities who are struggling to apply for or access the established status program. We will be able to work with individuals and families who need to apply for settlement status for themselves or dependent family members, but do not have the ability to access the system or the language to understand the requirements.