Presentation on theme: "Private Sector Community Support Officer"— Presentation transcript:
1 Private Sector Community Support Officer Lenka WyattPrivate Sector Community Support Officer
2 EU/EEA Members Expansion of the EU EU (also in EEA) – Austria,Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal,Spain, Sweden, UKEEA (not in EU) – Iceland, Liechtenstein, NorwayExpansion of the EUIn May 2004 EU/EEA expanded by: - Cyprus, Malta - A8 countries - Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia • In January 2007 other countries joined: - A2 countries - Bulgaria, Romania Ministers were initially advised that every year only up to East European workers would head to the UK. They were taken by surprise by the scale of the influx of 200, 000 immigrants. Which was 15 times the governments maximum estimate. Recently the number has fallen dramatically, nevertheless there is still a distinct strain on statutory agencies.The European Economic Area includes all the countries in the European Union + others signed up to some of the freedom of movement provisions.Switzerland not member of EEAAccession countries
3 Regulations for EEA nationals Freedom of movement for allHabitual residency test- voluntarily in UK- resident in UK- intention to remain in UK- in UK for an appreciable period of timeThe right to reside in the UK & eligibility for allocation,homelessness, benefits- right to reside for three months- work seeker (not for A8 and A2)- worker- maternity- self employed- family members- self supportingFreedom of movementNationals of the European Economic Area (EEA), Swiss nationals and their families have to come to the UK to visit, live or work.A8 nationals have the right to freedom of movement, but restricted access to European labour markets and so benefits, housing system.Habitual residency test – 1980s government concern about effect on welfare benefit system, 1994 test introducedAppreciable period – 1-3 months but combination of all factorsIf not pass then person is treated as person from abroad – ineligibleAlso pass if EEA worker, EEA self-employed, A8 working, family member, permanent right to resideRight to resideIn 2004, testEEA nationals are not subject to immigration control if they have rights to reside under EU regulation.Work seeker – looking for work but haven’t been exonomically active in the UK beforeWorker – someone who performs work shich is effective and genuine, full time, part time as little as 10 hrs a week. EU original member retain worker status even if temporarily unable to work (illness, accident). Can also be registered at the Jobcentre .Maternity – continue to be workersSelf employedFamily members – spouse, civil partner, partner, dependats under 21, direct dependat relativesSelf-supporting – Freedom of movement. If you do not work, you must be able to support yourself and your family in the UK without becoming an unreasonable burden on public funds. Unlikely to be eligible for homelessness assistance – not in fact self supportingWhich benefits are affected?Only the following benefits are affected:Both the right to reside and the habitual residence test:pension creditincome supportincome-based jobseeker's allowancehousing benefitcouncil tax benefitOnly the right to reside test:child tax creditchild benefit
4 Restrictions for A8 nationals Right to workWorkers Registration Scheme (WRS)- Registration Certificate- Registration CardNo registration for self-employedHousing allocation, homelessness & in-work benefitseligible while working within the first 12 monthssame rights as other EEA workers after completion of 12 monthseligible if self-employedRestrictions for A8 nationals Workers Registration Scheme – register within 30 days, £90Name, nationality, date of birth, reg. Number, photo- new registration with each job- breaks less than 30 days- if more than start againIn work benefits – housing benefit, council tax benefit, working tax creditsStop working – not eligibleAfter 12 months same rights as EEA workers
5 Restrictions for A2 nationals Right to workHighly skilled workers – blue registration certificate, no restriction to workPeople with a job offer for which a permit can be granted (skilled work where there is a labour shortage, doctors and dentists, domestic employment, some work in the food processing industry) - accession worker cardStudents (work up to 20 hrs/w) - student registration cardSeasonal agricultural workers - SAWS card, up to 6 months workHousing allocation, homelessness & in-work benefitsHighly skilled workerseligible while working within the first 12 monthssame rights as other EEA workers after completion of 12 monthsSelf-employed – eligible while they are workingSeasonal agricultural workers – farmers are expected to provide clean and sanitary accommodation. No dependants.
6 Identification documents Information on national passports and identity cards from European Union countries can be found onWorkers registration certificateSo, what Identification documents ….
7 Migration Impact Fund and Housing May 2009, the Housing Strategy & Development Service, inpartnership with the Economic Development & Social RegenerationTeam submitted a proposal to GOSE for funding through theMigration Impact Fund.Medway Council has been awarded funding to help manage thetransitional impacts of migration by:* providing better access to housing advice and solutions* ensuring the availability of safe and decent homes in the private sector
8 Housing Advice Surgery for Eastern European migrants My roleProvide advice and assistance to the landlords regarding migrant tenantse.g. interpreting (Czech & Slovak language), translating the documents,liasing with the tenantsProvide advice and guidance to migrant householdsHelp migrants accessing other services provided by Medway Council e.g.housing and council tax benefits, and other outside bodies e.g. Job Centreplus for welfare benefitsHousing Advice Surgery for Eastern European migrantsLuton Junior School (Luton Road, Chatham):Monday 9.15 – (Lenka Wyatt)Medway Community College (Magpie Hall Road, Chatham):Monday and Tuesday 9.00 – (Milota Biagi)All Saints Children Centre (Magpie Hall Road, Chatham):Tuesday 9.15 – (Lenka Wyatt)Luton Library (Nelson Terrace, Chatham):Thursday 9.00 – (Milota Biagi)
9 Private Sector Community Support Officer firstname.lastname@example.org Contact detailsLenka WyattPrivate Sector Community Support OfficerTel:Address:Private Sector HousingGun WharfLevel 2Dock RoadChathamME4 4TR