Landlords are losing the confidence to let to 2.4 million European Union (EU) tenants due to fears of breaking Government rules. The problem could get worse after Brexit, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA), a trade body. Right to rent rules, introduced by the Home Office in 2015, mean landlords face prosecution if they know or should know that their tenant has no legal right to rent. Landlords have to check the visa status and nationality of all tenants and face penalties of up to £3,000 for every tenant with no right to rent. But the Government has not explained how Brexit will affect right to rent rules, according to the RLA. As a result, the 2.4 million EU nationals renting in Britain could face difficulties finding housing. David Smith, of the RLA, said: “The Government needs to publish clear and practical guidance for landlords about the implications of Brexit on who they can and cannot rent to. “If they do not, more … [Read more...] about Landlords resist renting to EU nationals as Brexit chaos leaves rules unclear
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Just one in 50 newly-hired staff at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals Trust are from the EU, figures reveal. But healthcare workers' union Unison has warned that a lack of European employees would lead the NHS to "a state of near collapse". Between December 2017 and November 2018, the equivalent of 493 full-time workers started at the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Digital data shows.The 10 joiners from the EU made up two per cent of the intake, with 77 per cent from the UK.Across England, EU citizens made up 7.5 per cent of people joining the NHS over the same 12 months.Sara Gorton, Unison's head of health, said hospitals were finding it harder to recruit and retain EU staff in the midst of uncertainty around Brexit.She said: "Without the many health employees from across Europe, the NHS would be in a state of near collapse."Their skills and expertise have helped limit the effects of the huge staffing gaps."Staff losses would mean even … [Read more...] about Union warns NHS facing ‘state of near collapse’ without EU nationals employees
News / UK and world by Press Association March 25, 2019, 10:04 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter A multimillion-pound publicity drive encouraging EU nationals to secure their post-Brexit status will be launched on Monday. Adverts on billboards and at bus stops and railway stations will be rolled out across the country ahead of the full opening of the Home Office’s settlement scheme this weekend. The month-long marketing campaign, which has been allocated around £3.75 million, will be visible at 6,000 sites and in every major UK city. Adverts will also run on catch-up TV, radio, social media and online. Immigration minister Caroline Nokes said: “It is my priority to make sure that EU citizens, who have built their lives here and who have contributed so much to our society, continue to feel welcome in the UK. “That is why I am launching this UK-wide campaign, which will include billboards and radio advertising, so that … [Read more...] about Drive to encourage EU nationals to secure post-Brexit status
Siva Thangarajah 22 March 2019 6:19 PM 22 March 2019 6:19 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp This week opened with the cautious optimism of a third meaningful vote passing, and ends, as our cover depicts, with Theresa May begging the EU for an extension. After John Bercow’s ruling that May’s Brexit deal cannot be voted on a third time, unless with ‘substantive changes’, the chances of May passing her deal before March 29 seemed further than ever. Now, this week has shown that Brexit is dictated at home by warring factions in the Commons, and dictated abroad by the EU. Even though the EU has given May a third chance at her deal, these past weeks lay bare the government’s inability to run the government, and Brexit is on the verge of being taken over by the Commons. Has May been reduced to nothing more than the semblance of a leader? James Forsyth is on the podcast this week talking about his cover story for this … [Read more...] about The Spectator Podcast: is Brexit a national humiliation?
0 Have your say The head of Scotland’s GPs has voiced his concerns over the serious long-term damage Brexit looks set to inflict on health and social care systems across the UK. Andrew Buist, chair of the BMA Scotland’s GP Committee (SGPC) said that EU nationals who work in Scotland’s healthcare services should not feel they have to leave their jobs because of Brexit.Commenting ahead of his speech at the GP Committee UK Conference in Belfast later today, in which he is expected to say similar to those attending, Dr Buist said: “Brexit, and the potential devastating impact it will have on the health and social care workforce and availability of medicines, is a problem we have no control over. This will be particularly acute in the event that we leave the EU without a deal.“GPs and nurses from across Europe have come to Scotland to care for our population – they are part of our communities. They are our valued colleagues. It is … [Read more...] about Doctors leader issues Brexit warning for EU nationals working in Scotland’s NHS