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Important message from the Southwark Legal Advice Network about applying for EU Settled Status

The DWP has identified that there are around 1,200 EEA nationals claiming welfare benefits in Southwark who did not apply for settlement by the 30th June deadline.

In July, the Home Office will write to those citizens who are in receipt of benefits who have still not applied after the deadline encouraging them to apply for EU Settled Status before actions are taken that could result in the loss of benefit entitlement. This will give the citizen an additional 28 days to make a late application to EUSS. Those who fail to respond to the Home Office letter will be referred to DWP for further action.

DWP will issue a further letter to claimants in mid-September encouraging them to apply for EUSS before claim suspension action is taken. The aim of this engagement is to ensure that those in receipt of DWP benefits apply for EUSS and continue to be eligible for those benefits.

Citizens that have still not applied for EUSS 28 days from the date on that letter will be subject to benefit suspension.

Following benefit suspension for failing to apply for EUSS, the citizen will be given a further 28 days to apply for EUSS. If, after this final 28-day period, the citizen has still not applied for EUSS then the claim will be terminated.

All EEA citizens and family members in scope of the Withdrawal Agreement who do not have EUSS status are classified as Persons Subject to Immigration Control and therefore will have no entitlement to DWP benefits and public services.

If you are coming into contact with EEA nationals who have not applied for Settled Status please signpost or refer them to Citizens Advice Southwark for help as follows:

 Adviceline Number – 080 8278 7849

Face to face drop in – 10.00 am to 3.00 pm Monday to Friday at their 3 offices: 

Peckham – 97 Peckham High Street, SE15 5RS

Bermondsey – 8 Market Place, Southwark Park Road, SE16 3UQ

Walworth – 6-8 Westmoreland Road, Walworth, SE17 2AY

 Agencies can also make client referrals through the Citizens Advice Southwark website –  https://www.citizensadvicesouthwark.org.uk/advice/generalist-agency-referral/

Southwark Council Next Steps for young people

Council helps young people set sights on next steps along career path

13 January 2021

Southwark Council is linking young people in the borough with local opportunities geared towards helping them achieve a bright future, in response to the disruption to education and youth unemployment crisis caused by the pandemic.

As part of the new initiative, the council will be working closely with local businesses and other partner organisations to help create and broaden the range of opportunities available to young people in Southwark.

In September 2020, when UK unemployment rose to its highest rate for two years, young workers aged 18 to 24 years experienced the biggest drop in employment compared to all other age groups.

The council’s new initiative promotes a raft of opportunities available to young people aged 16 to 25 years old in Southwark to help support them into employment and training, from internships to apprenticeships; jobs to voluntary roles; NVQs to university degrees.

One example is Southwark Council’s internship programme. Applications are open until 24 January 2021 for paid internships across a variety of council departments for Southwark residents aged 16 to 24, who need help to get on the career ladder.

Young people who are thinking about their next steps in education, training or work are encouraged to join Southwark Council’s mailing list to receive news on job vacancies and career information in and around Southwark. Visit www.southwark.gov.uk/nextstepmailinglist for more information.

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