Preparing for Brexit
We are working closely alongside our partners to prepare for Brexit and the UK’s departure from the European Union.
The Welsh Government has made a one-stop website which provides a wide range of information on Brexit-related issues, and the following outlines how the council is making preparations.
If you’re an EU citizen living in Bridgend County Borough, we want you to be able to continue to live, work and access services here even after Brexit.
Brexit means that EU citizens and their families will have to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021.
EU Settlement Scheme
The EU Settlement Scheme is an application that you should complete before the UK officially leaves the EU. It’s free to apply to the scheme.
If successful, you will be granted ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status depending on how long you have lived here.
Unless you have the immigration status of ‘Indefinite Leave to Remain’ or you are an Irish or British Citizen, you will need to apply.
This includes children who were born in Wales, but who do not have British Citizenship. A British passport should confirm this.
If you need to apply, you won’t be notified by the Home Office, UK / Welsh Government or the local council. You have to check this yourself.
If you need to apply, each family member must complete an application. This includes children and anyone under the age of 21.
Advice and support
If you are unsure if you or a family member needs to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme you can access free advice and support.
The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.
To help EU citizens complete applications for settled or pre-settled status, the Government has developed an app which you can use to scan your ID using a phone, tablet or other device.
You can check to see if your phone or device is compatible with the app here – if it is not compatible, Bridgend County Borough Council is offering a ‘chip and check’ ID scanning service which is available at the following premises:
Bridgend Register Office
The service is free of charge to residents of Bridgend County Borough, and costs £14 for non-residents.
You can arrange an appointment by calling 01656 642391 or emailing email@example.com
Please note that this is a scanning-only service – it does not guarantee the success of an application, and does not offer further advice on your application or status.
What we are doing to prepare for Brexit
All council services are being reviewed so that contingency plans can be put in place to ensure an absolute minimum of disruption.
We have established a project board chaired by the Chief Executive which features representatives from each council department.
The board continues to review council services, and a ‘risk register’ has been developed to ensure that contingency plans are in place.
Businesses, residents, staff and elected members are receiving advice and support, and the council is raising awareness of the EU Settlement Scheme.
We are working alongside partners to obtain answers on important issues such as how post-Brexit funding will be delivered.
A planned publicity campaign will take place to keep residents and businesses informed about key Brexit issues.
A business toolkit has been launched to equip employers with tools and information to support EU citizens and their families about the EU Settlement Scheme.
The UK government also has a ’prepare for EU exit campaign’ to give individuals and businesses advice about preparations and the steps they may need to take.
Social Care Continuity Planning
Social care providers experiencing a problem linked to Brexit can contact us for support. If the problem might affect your ability to continue providing services visit our Social Care Continuity Planning webpage for contact details.
Third sector organisations
Brexit Forum Wales offers the latest guidance and resources to help third sector organisations understand, and prepare for, the possible impact of Brexit.
Following Brexit, the rules about how personal data flows between the EU and the UK will change.
The Information Commissioner’s website offers more details about data protection and Brexit, and how these changes may affect you or your organisation.