Further EU Exit Guidance for Social Care Providers
Norfolk County Council has issued updated guidance to social care providers regarding the UK's possible exit of the EU.
As you will have seen, the UK Government has agreed an extension to Article 50. If the Withdrawal Agreement is approved by the House of Commons, the exit date will be confirmed for 11pm on 22 May (UK time). If the Withdrawal Agreement is not approved by the House of Commons, the legal default in UK and EU law is that the UK will leave the EU on 12 April 2019 without a deal. Please continue the work you are undertaking to prepare your organisation for leaving the EU without a deal and do not wind-down your contingency plans at this stage.
The latest guidance (available here) provides an update on the National Supply Disruption Response and the supply of non-clinical goods and services. We urge all providers to take stock of this guidance and prepare accordingly. There is also a new post on EU Exit Preparations for Social Care on the government’s social care blog.
We’d also like to highlight the EU Settlement Scheme, which is now open. EU nationals are able to apply for settled status if they have lived in the UK for five years, or pre-settled status if they have lived in the UK for less than five years. The application process is free and largely digital, and we encourage social care providers to work with their workforce and support them through the process.