Brexit: UK government writes to more than 100,000 Brits in Spain
The UK Government has written to 365,000 UK Nationals living in Europe with advice on the actions they need to take to prepare for the end of the UK transition period on 31 December. This includes 102,087 letters issued to people on DWP’s database in Spain.
The letters, sent to UK State
Pensioners and benefit recipients, give advice on how to register for residency
and healthcare, exchange driving licences and check new passport validity rules
online. It is one of the largest-ever mail outs by the UK Government to UK nationals
living in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
The UK Government has also
allocated £3 million for charities and community voluntary organisations across
Europe to assist UK Nationals that may need additional help in applying for
residency. This includes potentially at-risk groups, such as pensioners and
disabled people and those living in remote areas or who have mobility
difficulties. In Spain, three charities – Age in Spain, Babelia and IOM – have
received funding and by the end of September over 37,000 people had accessed
their services. For details of how to contact them visit gov.uk/livinginspain.
British Ambassador to Spain Hugh
“Supporting UK Nationals is one
of our highest priorities. The organisations receiving funding to support
British people with their residency are making a huge difference and, since
2017, we have organised nearly 300 outreach events. Whilst face-to-face events
are currently limited by COVID restrictions, we continue to provide support
through our Facebook Live Q&As. Our next session on residency is on 1
December, so please do follow us on BritsinSpain on Facebook to take part.”
The UK Government has been
running a public information campaign featuring online, radio and newspaper
adverts across 30 countries informing UK Nationals of the actions they need to
Ambassadors, Heads of Mission and
Consuls General from across Europe have recorded a video message reminding UK
Nationals of the actions they may need to take before the end of the Transition
Period. You can view the video here.
UK Nationals can find the most up
to date information on actions they may need to take at gov.uk/livinginspain
and on www.facebook.com/britsinspain.