#DropTheLetter about Settled Status
to EVERY household
Time is running out for EU citizens
What’s going on?
Time is running out for EU citizens in the UK and their families who need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 if they haven't secured an immigration status yet.
We want every council in the UK to write to every household within their boundaries to inform them about the deadline for EU citizens to apply for the right to remain in the UK.
Why does it matter?
In November, the3million wrote to the Minister for Immigration to propose that the Government write to every household in the UK to tell EU citizens what they need to do to keep their rights now that free movement has ended.
This is crucial to ensure that everyone is informed about what they need to do, as there are still thousands of people who need to apply.
The government has not done this, but we can still do our bit if we organise ourselves.
Brighton and Hove Council have already written to every household in their area about the deadline of 30th June 2021 for EU citizens to apply for the right to remain in the UK.
What was so great about their initiative was that they wrote to every household, not just to those on their electoral roll.
Research shows that, on average, only 54% of eligible EU voters are registered to vote, so especially to reach the most vulnerable, writing to every address is what is needed.
Using the opportunity to write to everyone would ensure we are all able to look out for our EU friends and neighbours, and landlords and employers would better understand the new digital-only status.
There are two things you can do:
Ask for the issue to be raised at your next council meeting
Request to raise a question at your council's monthly meeting or request that your councillor asks a question on your behalf. Every council will have its own procedure for this. Check your council’s website for the details.
Here’s an example of a question raised recently by one of our grassroots volunteers
If you’re with a local grassroots group we recommend you to split your team by ward or council so each can research the procedure, when is the next meeting, request the question to be raised at the meeting, follow-up and invite local media to attend the meeting so they write about it. This is how the Berkshire grassroots group has done it!
Write to your local councillor
How to find your councillor
Enter your postcode
You will then get a link to your local council website. This link will either take you directly to the relevant page giving details of your local councillors and their contact details or to a page from where you will have to follow further links to find your local councillors' contact details. This varies depending on where you live.
Write your letter
Ask them what is being done to communicate the important information about the EU Settlement Scheme to its residents. Make it personal if you can and say why this matters to you – see our example letter here
One more (really important) thing
EU citizens have the right to vote in the May 6th local elections but many are not aware of this. 1 in 2 EU citizens are not registered to vote.
In your letter you could ask you council about what is being done to ensure EU citizens know that they can vote in local elections on 6th May and that they must register to vote by 19th April in order to do so.
Including this in your letter will help the Young Europeans Network team to achieve their campaign goals. Have a look at their website to find out more.
After you have written
If you can, tell us when you have contacted your council and about any responses that you receive so that you can help us keep track. This will help us to gauge the impact the campaign is having and plan for what we need to do next. Please let us know by filling in this form.
How should I reply if my council says ...
So you received a reply to your email but your council has still not agreed that they should write to every household?
Take a look at our FAQs and write back to them!
You can also get some ideas by looking at the letter that the3million sent to every council CEO in the UK.