Call for evidence – EEA nationals and right of residence.

Alice Welsh from the University of York is requesting case study evidence on EEA national’s access to welfare benefits and permanent residence for a PhD research project in partnership with Citizens Advice Craven & Harrogate districts. She is undertaking this research as a PhD candidate at the University of York and a research and campaigns volunteer at Citizens Advice Craven & Harrogate districts.

The project:

Looking in particular on the Minimum Earnings Threshold (MET) and on the lookout for cases where EEA national clients who are working part time or casual hours have been denied benefits or permanent residence as they do not have a right of residence, they do not meet the minimum earnings threshold or their work is not “genuine and effective”. Also interested in the effects of those decisions.

The issue is of pressing, real importance, as those re-defined as not-workers will have a harder job claiming 5 years of continuous residence, which could make it difficult for them to keep residence rights after Brexit.

How to send evidence:

A brief information sheet on the cases being looked for and a letter from the CEO at Citizens Advice Craven & Harrogate Districts to confirm my training and agreement with accessing Petra files can be downloaded here.

If GMWRAG members could provide any evidence for this research that would be much appreciated. If this is possible Alice would be happy to meet to give further information on the project and discuss how case studies can be passed on or any cases can be sent to my email address: ajw550@york.ac.uk. All data will be anonymised and I will be collecting case studies until March 2018. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

In the meantime GMWRAG has realised we have never created a “Research” category for this kind of post so, feeling rather dumb, we now have and Alice can have the honour of being the first to be thus categorised 🙂

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Updated EEA nationals post

Our recent post regarding the materials from the EEA nationals session has been updated to include a very detailed flow-chart from Bristol. This needs to be read in conjunction with an accompanying Rightsnet thread, which is where some of you may have seen the flow-chart originally.

As well as updating the post you will always be able to find these documents at their permanent home within the site.

Notes on Housing Systems GMWRAG session in Salford.

Updated version – 16th of December 2015.

As promised in our recent post here are some additional hand outs from the recent GMWRAG session at Salix Homes in Salford from Housing Systems on EEA Right To Reside For Family Members and Extended Family Members. Follow the preceding link for the presentation itself.

The additional notes are as follows:

In the meantime, to say thanks to Housing Systems we did agree to remind GMWRAG members that more detailed training is available from them across a variety of related subjects. Full details can be downloaded from their brochure here.

Supplementary notes re: the food bank presentation are awaiting approval. We’ll post as soon as we have that.

Minutes of the Salford GMWRAG meeting.

The minutes of the Salford GMWRAG meeting are now available for download. We had been waiting for additional notes from the speakers to be approved as well as promising ourselves we would upload additional documents from our speakers but, as we appear to have been temporarily hamstrung by technical glitches, we have decided to do an initial post about the minutes with both the presentations from our excellent speakers and then we’ll re-post everything when all the additional documentation is in place.

The presentation on EEA Right To Reside for Family Members and Extended Family Members from Housing Systems can be found by following the obvious link.

The presentation on Foodbank Use in Greater Manchester from the Trussell Trust can also be found by following the hopefully equally obvious link. Further information will be added to both presentations in due course.

Please remember that we do have a permanent home for any presentations at GMWRAG meetings so you will always be able to find past presentations there provided we have received an electronic copy. Any additional documents will be posted there also.