|Over 40,000 Applications For Settled Status In Hounslow Borough|
Seventh highest number for any local authority area in the UK
The number of applications for Settled Status in Hounslow is the seventh highest in the country (41,970) with Ealing as the third highest for any local authority area in London and the fourth highest in the UK.
Hounslow's figures place it sixth out of the ten London boroughs and higher than Manchester. Hounslow Council has a designated site for information on registering for local residents.
Newham and Brent come tops of the table for London boroughs, according to the latest Home Office data published this month showing the volume of applications it received between August and December 31 last year, from every borough in the country.
Birmingham saw the highest number of applications to the scheme (57,340) of all the local authorities outside of London.
Residents from the continent, excluding Irish citizens, need to have secured Settled Status in the UK by 30 June 2021.
The data shows that 54,150 Settled Status applications have already been sent by Europeans in the Borough of Ealing, which has a total population of 340,000. Some 55,000 EU nationals live in the borough of Ealing, according to the local council. The biggest groups applying in Ealing were Poles (12,940), Italians (5,970) and Romanians (4,470).
Leader of Hounslow Council Steve Curran with Council staff from various EU countries
Among those who applied from Hammersmith and Fulham were 5,240 Italians; 3,650 French and 3,340 Spanish. The next biggest groups were Portuguese (1,690) and Poles (1,560).
Kensington and Chelsea’s biggest EU communities were the French (3,610) and Italians (4,110). Westminster’s biggest groups were Italians (5,580) and Spanish (3,150).
In total across the UK, there were 2,597,320 applications received from EU nationals, 18,940 received from other EEA and Swiss nationals and 138,270 received from eligible non-EEA nationals. The nationalities with the highest number of applications received were:
• Polish (512,310)
There were 386,570 applications received from children under 18, over 2.3 million applications from those aged 18 to 64 and 59,100 applications from those aged 65 and above (14%, 84% and 2% respectively). Northern Ireland had a noticeably higher proportion (17%) of applications from applicants under 18 compared to the rest of the UK
Residents with Irish citizenship do not have to apply for Settled Status to stay in the UK, because both countries are part of the Common Travel Area.
The passing of “Brexit Day” on Friday February 1 heralded the so-called “Transition Period”, which lasts until December 31, 2020.
According to the Citizens Advice Bureau’s website, EU citizens who do not have Settled Status will have difficulty using the NHS, renting a property or applying for a job.
Over 2.4 million (2,450,220) applications had been concluded up to 31 December 2019.
For more information about applying for Settled Status, visit this page.
Written with contributions from Owen Sheppard – Local Democracy Reporter
February 17, 2020