(Published: 22/07/2021)

Important message about applying for EU Settled Status from the Southwark Legal Advice Network

The DWP has identified that there are around 1,200 EEA nationals claiming welfare benefits in Southwark who did not apply for settlement by the 30th June deadline.

In July, the Home Office will write to those citizens who are in receipt of benefits who have still not applied after the deadline encouraging them to apply for EU Settled Status before actions are taken that could result in the loss of benefit entitlement. This will give the citizen an additional 28 days to make a late application to EUSS. Those who fail to response to the Home Office letter will be referred to DWP for further action.

DWP will issue a further letter to claimants in mid-September encouraging them to apply for EUSS before claim suspension action is taken. The aim of this engagement is to ensure that those in receipt of DWP benefits apply for EUSS and continue to be eligible for those benefits.

Citizens that have still not applied for EUSS 28 days from the date on that letter will be subject to benefit suspension.

Following benefit suspension for failing to apply for EUSS, the citizen will be given a further 28 days to apply for EUSS. If, after this final 28-day period, the citizen has still not applied for EUSS then the claim will be terminated.

All EEA citizens and family members in scope of the Withdrawal Agreement who do not have EUSS status are classified as Persons Subject to Immigration Control and therefore will have no entitlement to DWP benefits and public services.

If you are coming into contact with EEA nationals who have not applied for Settled Status please signpost or refer them to Citizens Advice Southwark for help as follows:
  • Adviceline Number - 080 8278 7849
  • Face to face drop in - 10.00 am to 3.00 pm Monday to Friday at their 3 offices: 
  • Peckham - 97 Peckham High Street, SE15 5RS
  • Bermondsey - 8 Market Place, Southwark Park Road, SE16 3UQ
  • Walworth – 6-8 Westmoreland Road, Walworth, SE17 2AY

Agencies can also make client referrals through the Citizens Advice Southwark website