Paying EU settlement fee blocked
The UK Government will not allow Holyrood ministers to pay £65 settled status fees for European citizens who are working in Scotland’s public services, Nicola Sturgeon has said.
The First Minister has already promised her government would pick up the cost for NHS staff and other public-sector workers who have come to live in Scotland from other parts of the European Union.
But she told the Health and Social Care Scotland conference in Glasgow that the “UK Government will not allow thirdparty payments, thereby forcing EU citizens to pay it upfront”.
The Scottish Government will seek to reimburse these people afterwards.
There are around 13,000 citizens from other EU nations currently working in health and social care in Scotland.
In social care alone, some 7.3% of all registered nurses and 5.5% of all staff come from other European nations.