Planned maintenance for online systems

Due to planned maintenance from 5pm to 9.30pm on Friday 5 June 2020 you will not be able to access your My Havering online account and some of our forms may be taken offline. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time.

Coronavirus

Because of government guidance on coronavirus a number of our buildings are now closed and events listed on our site are subject to change or cancellation. Changes to council services, advice and support we can provide, the latest local news and links to Government advice is available on our dedicated coronavirus information page. Go to our coronavirus information page

EU exit

The UK left the EU at 11pm on 31 January 2020.

A transition period is now set to run until 31 December 2020. During this time the UK has agreed to abide by EU rules. The UK aims to have agreed a deal on future ties by the end of this year.

Find out what you, your family, or your business need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU on the Gov.uk website.

Keeping up to date

The Government publishes guidance on the UK’s EU Exit online. You can sign up to email updates to receive the latest information.

The Mayor of London and London Assembly have a special website that provides information in 27 European languages on their EU Londoners Hub. It provides lots of information on all aspects of the UK’s exit from the EU.

EU Citizens’ rights

There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021. EU citizens and their families can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK.

Registration under the scheme will mean that you will remain eligible for: 

  • public services, such as healthcare and schools
  • public funds and pensions
  • British citizenship, if you want to apply and meet the requirements

You can find out if you should use the scheme using an online tool. You can sign up for email updates online.

Irish citizens do not need to apply under the Settlement scheme. The Government has published guidance on rights of Irish citizens under the Common Travel Area, which are not dependent on UK’s future relationship with the EU. 

Guidance on the settlement scheme is available online in all EU languages. A partnership pack is available for community leaders to promote the settlement scheme.

EEA and Swiss citizens’ rights

The Government has announced that it has reached agreements on the rights of Swiss Citizens and Citizens of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein which will also allow them to use the settlement scheme. These agreements are subject to ratification. The policy paper includes a statement on EFTA citizens' rights in the event of no deal.

Online guidance is provided at gov.uk. Telephone guidance is available from the EU Settlement Resolution Centre on 0300 123 7379.

Landlords: There will be no changes to the right to rent for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members living in the UK until 31 December 2020. You should continue to follow current Home Office guidance on how to check a tenant’s right to rent.

In line with government policy, the Home Office will seek parliamentary approval to, at the end of the implementation period, end the UK’s participation in the free movement of people within the European Economic Area through the planned Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill. By ending free movement, EU citizens, EEA EFTA nationals, and Swiss nationals will become subject to immigration control. 

Once free movement has ended, beneficiaries of the citizens’ rights part of the Agreements who have not yet secured leave to enter or remain in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme would no longer have a lawful basis to reside in the UK unless further provision is made.

Travel

UK Citizens can continue to travel to EU/EEA states on the same basis as now until the end of December 2020. In the event of no deal being reached in negotiations between the UK and EU this year, points to consider for travel to EU/ EEA after 31 December 2020 are:

Driving in the UK

EU and EEA driving licence holders will not require an International Driving Permit and can continue to use an EU/EEA car or motorcycle licence for up to 3 years after becoming resident or until the age of 70.

Businesses and employers

An Employer Toolkit is available to explain the EU settlement scheme to employees. The toolkit contains a range of ready to use leaflets and posters.

There will be no change to the way EU, EEA and Swiss citizens prove their right to work until 1 January 2021.

From 1 January 2021 you will need to make customs declarations to move goods into and out of the EU. You should:

GDPR personal data 

In the event of no deal there are potential impacts on international transfers of personal data, or for data hosted in the EEA. The ICO provides guidance on its website.

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