Last Saturday (25th January) Edinburgh Eastern MSP Ash Denham hosted an advice surgery in Portobello for EU citizens who had questions about the EU Settlement Scheme and how Brexit will affect them.
53 constituents, representing nine EU nationalities, attended the surgery which took the form of an open Q & A session led by Ms Denham and Karen Brown from Citizens Advice Scotland.
Ms. Denham had written to all EU citizens in her constituency to make them aware of the surgery and to provide details of support services available to help them complete their Settled Status application, including information on the Scottish Government’s ‘Stay in Scotland’ package of support.
Ash Denham MSP said:
“As the constituency MSP and with only days until Scotland is taken out of the European Union by the UK Government, I felt it was important to put on this event to make sure that EU citizens felt reassured about the EU Settled Status Scheme and to give them an opportunity to ask questions specific to them and their family circumstances.
“There was a strong turn out of 53 constituents of all ages representing nine different EU nationalities, and everyone was given an opportunity to ask questions and, if required, to arrange a personal meeting with Citizens Advice Edinburgh at a later date.
“Both at the meeting and in the letter sent to EU citizens in my constituency, I made it clear that EU citizens are valued for the contribution they make to our society and our culture, and that I want them to stay.
“If any EU citizen would like advice or support in completing their application, the Scottish Government has committed to providing a ‘Stay in Scotland’ package of support, including the funding of Citizens Advice Scotland, which has a help line available weekdays between 9am and 5pm on 0800 916 9847. EU citizens in Edinburgh Eastern can also seek advice from my constituency office, which can be contacted by emailing email@example.com or calling 0131 659 4707.”
Pictured: Ash Denham MSP and Karen Brown of Citizens Advice Edinburgh at the Bellfield Community Centre last Saturday.
You can find out more information on the ‘#StayInScotland’ support service by visiting http://www.mygov.scot/eu-exit-citizens/
Citizens Advice Scotland will also be helping those citizens who would like to apply for settled status, but have more complex support needs. You can find out more at http://www.cas.org.uk/brexit.
A full-time national helpline is available on 0800 916 9847 (lines are open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday).