European Nationals

FOI ID: 
7244
FOI Date: 
Thursday, 9 April 2020

1.            The total number of European nationals living within the jurisdiction of the council (ie the total number of EU nationals that the council is aware of in their area) and how this number was arrived at.

2.            A copy of all council communications targeting EU nationals specifically since 2016 (including social media ads or posts targeting the EU population)

3.            Has the council written to European nationals in its area to inform them of their rights and options following Brexit? If yes, how many times? Please provide the letters.

4.            What, if any, preparation has the council undertaken as regards European nationals within their area and the implementation of Brexit? Is there a communication strategy for EU nationals informing them of the impact of Brexit? If yes, please provide me with a copy.

5.            Will the council be informing EU nationals that they can vote in the upcoming local elections?

 

RESPONSE

1.            The Council are aware of approximately 4,000-5,000 Eastern Europeans living in the Scarborough Town area. These are only estimates that have been reached by ourselves and North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) based on NINo registrations and other data. Due to continuing migration flows over the last ten years we will not have a more accurate or precise figure until the next census in 2021

2.            The have sent out a number of tweets and Facebook posts advertising various information events and services to the EE community in the Borough. These posts can be found online on the Councils social media accounts. These were posted in English, Polish, Romanian, Latvian and Bulgarian. We also have posters which are attached that were for an information event for EU nationals about the EU Settlement Scheme

Our elections team sent ‘EC6 April 2019’ out to all European electors.  The attached document named ‘Extract from SBC website European Parliamentary Election’ was published on our website along with the form ‘EC6 April 2019 Template for WEB’ for the European Elections 2019.

3.            No although we have engaged with them through a range of digital and traditional modes of communication.

4.            The Council have led the development of the Pomoc – Access to Services for Eastern European Migrants project. We have also allocated £15,000 of Councils funds to support this circa £50,000 project. The project emerged in response to a comprehensive research report that was led by the Council’s Community Regeneration Team. The project will provide information, advice, guidance and signposting for the Borough’s Eastern European Community including significant support for migrants regarding the EUSS. The project also has a community development focus aimed to increase the capacity and resilience of the Borough’s largest minority.

5.            Yes EU nationals will be informed they can vote in upcoming elections