Pay­ing EU set­tle­ment fee blocked

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.