Mayor to fund ‘settled status’ applications for City Hall staff
- GLA Group to pay £65 ‘settled status’ fees for all EU staff after Brexit – including Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police
- Thousands of European Londoners access online Brexit resources through Mayor’s 'EU Londoners Hub’
- Sadiq unveils new video in ‘London is Open’ campaign. ‘London is…’ can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/K0I--En4pug
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today called on the Government to scrap the ‘settled status’ application fee for EU citizens living in Britain after Brexit. He also announced that City Hall and the GLA Group (London Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police, Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime, Transport for London, the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation and the London Legacy Development Corporation) will pay the fees for all EU employees if the Government doesn’t act.
EU citizens wishing to stay in the UK after 30 June 2021 will have to apply to the government for ‘settled status’ – allowing them an indefinite right to remain. Applications open on 30 March next year and will cost £65 for adults and £32.50 for under-16s. Today’s announcement means City Hall will foot the bill for any employees wishing to apply for ‘settled status’.
The announcement follows Sadiq’s launch of an online ‘EU Londoners Hub’ earlier this year to help London’s European citizens access the information they need to stay in the UK after Brexit. Some 17,500 people have already registered for the hub’s services and updates.
Sadiq has repeatedly declared that, despite Brexit, London remains open to the world and full of opportunity. To communicate this message to as wide an audience as possible the Mayor has today released a new video entitled ‘London is’, which celebrates and showcases some of the unique characteristics found in each pocket of the capital, as part of his #LondonIsOpen campaign.
The video is accompanied by messages on large-scale vinyl stickers extolling the values and virtues of London and Londoners at some of the capital’s most famous landmarks, including Trafalgar Square, the Serpentine in Hyde Park, Tower Bridge and the BT Tower.
The capital will also welcome in 2019 by celebrating its relationship with Europe through its world-famous New Year’s Eve fireworks, featuring the music of some of the continent’s finest artists.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “London is a truly global city where we see our incredible diversity as a strength, not a weakness. Our EU staff are Londoners, they are critical to the work of City Hall and across the GLA, they belong here and they will always be welcome and valued. I urge the government to scrap the ‘settled status’ application fee – no one should be forced to pay to stay because their immigration status was changed through no fault of their own. However, until Ministers do this, I can confirm that we will help our EU staff apply for ‘settled status’ as quickly and painlessly as possible.
“I urge other London businesses to follow our lead and offer all support possible to the one million European Londoners, ensuring that those who have come to our city remain able to contribute to every aspect of life here, and continue to make London a vibrant, dynamic and prosperous city.
“Today’s video launch is the latest part in OUR campaign to tell the world that despite Brexit, London remains vibrant and diverse – open to the world: open to business, open to ideas, open to investment, open to trade and open to talent.”
The ‘EU Londoners Hub’ provides EU citizens with the latest information about their rights post-Brexit and directs them to expert legal advice, support services and guidance on employment rights. It also signposts the most vulnerable people to advice and support services in London.
The Mayor is also helping civil society and community organisations to deliver direct on-the-ground help to EU Londoners, including free legal advice, through a micro-grant programme. There are already 10 projects underway working with Roma communities, disabled people, rough sleepers, older people, and other vulnerable groups.
Notes to editors
The ‘settled status’ application process will open to all applicants from the end of March 2019 until the end of the grace period (six months after 31 December 2020), which is 30 June 2021. EU citizens will need to have entered the UK before or on 31 December 2020 to be able to apply.
Settled status application fee payments for GLA employees are subject to consultation with the London Assembly’s Oversight Committee. This is expected in the new year.
As part of the latest stage of the London is Open campaign messages on large scale vinyl stickers and digital screens will be unveiled at sites across London and will stay live over the Christmas and New Year’s period:
- London is Proud (the lions at Trafalgar Square)
- London is Courageous (Millicent Fawcett statue at Parliament Square)
- London is Creative (The Serpentine Sackler Gallery and The Serpentine Gallery)
- London is Open (Tower Bridge)
- London is Historic, London is the Future, London is Anyone, London is Everyone, London is Open (Bloomberg Arcade)
- London is Entertaining (The O2)
- London is Iconic (BT Tower)
- London is International (St Pancras Hotel)
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