From 1 January 2021 important new rules affect citizens from the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals in the UK applying for homelessness help from the council.
EU/EEA/Swiss nationals living in the UK at 31st December 2020
If you were an EU/EEA citizen or a Swiss national living in the UK on 31st December 2020 you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) to continue to be entitled to apply to the council for social housing and homelessness help.
If you have not yet applied to the EUSS you should do so by 30th June 2021.
You and all your family members (including children) living in the UK at 31st December 2020 must apply to the EUSS.
EU/EEA/Swiss nationals moving to the UK from 1st January 2021
From 1st January 2021 if you are an EU/EEA /Swiss national moving to the UK you will be subject to UK immigration rules.
This means that, in most cases, you will not automatically be able to apply for social housing or homelessness help and will be subject to a new points-based immigration system.
For more information on these new rules, see our page on EU and EEA nationals.
For free, impartial and confidential advice and help applying to the EUSS contact Citizen’s Advice EU citizens’ rights project on 01446 509897 or email [email protected]