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Council staff & Brexit

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This page holds information and advice specifically for Fife Council employees.

Working as part of Fife Council

Chief Executive Steve Grimmond is clear that here at Fife Council we’re committed to providing welcoming workplaces.

“In Fife, we will always welcome and value employees and citizens from the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) countries. People from all over the world play a vital role in the council’s work, as well as contributing to our vibrant local communities.

"We’re committed to providing welcoming workplaces and dependable services. Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support.”

Steve Grimmond, Chief Executive, Fife Council

Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families

Following the closing date for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme on 30 June 2021, the Home Office has produced the following fact sheets:

Information for late applicants
Information for those who have status already or a pending application

If you missed the deadline then you can make a late application evidencing reasonable grounds for not having applied by the 30 June 2021 deadline. Applications can be made online at www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme and you should make an application as soon as you can.

Working in the UK as a frontier worker

You’re a frontier worker if you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and you regularly commute to the UK because you are employed or self-employed here, but live elsewhere.

You’ll need to apply for a frontier worker permit to enter the UK as a frontier worker from 1 January 2021. You must have worked in the UK by 31 December 2020. Apply online at www.gov.uk/frontier-worker-permit

Pensions

The current understanding is that the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) pensions will not be affected. When they are due, your money can be accessed from abroad. Several of our pensioners have moved overseas already and access funds from abroad.

See UK Government guidance: "EU citizens in the UK: benefits and pensions in a ‘no deal’ scenario"

Health & Social Care staff

The Government confirmed that Health and Social Care workers from the EU with professional qualifications will be able to continue to practice in the UK as they do now. Professional qualifications should continue to be recognised (see below).

Recognising professional qualifications in the UK

You'll not be able to work in a regulated profession if your qualification from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein is not recognised in the UK. You'll need to check this even if you're providing temporary or occasional professional services.

Follow this link for guidance on getting your qualification recognised in the UK after 1 January 2021.

Further support

Support is also available via the employee counselling service for EU citizens with worries about the changes which are causing them anxiety or stress.  Please speak to your manager in the first instance.