Advice on the UK leaving the European Union

Advice for EU citizens

Perth and Kinross is home to many citizens from different European Union (EU) countries that make an important contribution to our area. We hope that those citizens feel that Perth and Kinross is a safe and welcoming environment for them.

Those citizens will want to know as much as possible about what will happen when the UK plans to leave the EU (Brexit). We will put relevant information on this web page.

Latest update as at 21 August 2019 from the Home Office in relation to Freedom of Movement

There have been reports in the media and on social media regarding plans to end freedom of movement after we leave the EU, as well as what this means for EU citizens resident in the UK.

We want to reassure all EU citizens and their family members in the UK that you still have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, even in the event of a no-deal exit. Furthermore, if someone who is eligible for status is not in the UK when we leave the EU, they will still be free to enter the UK as they are now.

Those who have not yet applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by 31 October 2019 will still have the same entitlements to work, benefits and services. Those rights will not change. EU citizens will continue to be able to prove their rights to access these benefits and services in the same way as they do now.

Further details can be found in our free movement factsheet, but please feel free to contact the Home Office.

Settlement Scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme provides further details about how EU citizens and their families can obtain settled status in the UK. The scheme is due to open fully on 30 March 2019.

Advice for businesses

Many local business have employees who are EU citizens. The Scottish Government recently launched a Brexit self-assessment tool which will help identify what you can do now to ready your company for business post-Brexit.

It will raise your awareness of the risks, rewards and challenges of the new economic landscape by highlighting areas that you need to plan for. It will direct you to resources, advice, events and services to help you develop your plans.

Local organisations

There are a number of local third sector organisations working in partnership with Perth & Kinross Council who may be able to assist with advice for EU citizens:

  • PKAVS Minority Communities Hub - recently received Home Office Grant funding for a Worker to support the EU Settlement Scheme. Currently offering advice on Mondays only - call 01738 567076 to book. Service will be expanding in the coming weeks.
  • Ethnic Minorities Law Centre (EMLC) - surgery appointments for free legal advice are available in Perth and Kinross.  EMLC have telephone advice line for clients 09:30am to 10:30am Mon-Fri as well as a second tier support line for organisations from 09:00am to 5pm Mon to Fri - both on 0141 204 2888.
  • Perth Citizens Advice Bureau - can provide appointments with a Tayside-wide EU Citizen Settlement Scheme Adviser.  Referrals for an appointment can be made through appointments line 01738 450581 or by emailing EUCitizens@perthcab.org.uk.  Appointments can be at CAB offices or elsewhere as required.
  • Culture PK - offer a free Assisted Digital service in the AK Bell Library to support access to the EU Settlement Scheme.  There is a list of assisted digital locations in Scotland but please contact AK Bell Library if you require the service locally

Further information will be added to this page as it becomes available.