The United Kingdom (UK) has left the European Union (EU). After 30 June 2021, if you are from the European Union (EU), Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Lichtenstein and you are not already a British or Irish Citizen and you want to continue living in the UK you will need to provide proof of your UK Immigration status from the Home Office.
A UK immigration status is needed even if you have a permanent residence document from the Home Office or you have lived in the UK for a long time.
- Any family member that is not a British or Irish citizen should also apply for a UK immigration status
- If you have indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK, you do not need to apply for a UK immigration status but if you are unsure if you have this, you should consider applying
You can find out more about applying to the EU Settlement scheme at GOV.UK – EU Status
How does this affect HB/CTR?
If you want to make a claim for Housing Benefit (HB) or Council Tax Reduction (CTR) you will need to provide proof of your UK Immigration status from the Home Office.
- If you are currently getting HB/CTR and you have applied for a UK immigration status your HB/CTR claim will continue while your application is being processed
- If you cannot supply proof of your UK immigration status you will be unable to get HB/CTR
- If you are currently getting HB/CTR and you are unable to supply proof of your UK immigration status your claim will be cancelled
You can supply proof of your UK immigration status by contacting Benefit Services.
Once you have followed the above guidance you will need to check you meet the other criteria for claiming HB and CTR.