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Funding extended for EU Settlement Scheme charities

Funding extended for EU Settlement Scheme charities

The Home Office has announced an extension of funding to help vulnerable EU citizens to apply for settled status. £8 million will be made available for charities and councils working to get people through the EU Settlement Scheme in 2020/21, a slight fall on the £9 million allocated last year.

The announcement is welcome, if a little late. With the initial tranche of funding running out this month, and no word on an extension until now, some charities had already begun to cut back on services.

The money will not necessarily go to the 57 organisations currently funded. They have a guarantee of funding only until June, and must put in a new bid for more. The Home Office says that “the bid process will begin shortly and more details will be announced in due course”.

CJ McKinney

CJ is Free Movement's deputy editor. He's here to make sure that the website is on top of everything that happens in the world of immigration law, whether by writing articles, commissioning them out or considering submissions. When not writing about immigration law, CJ covers wider legal affairs at the website Legal Cheek and on Twitter: follow him @mckinneytweets.

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