Thousands of EU nationals living in Lewisham have not been offered permanent residency in the UK, official figures just released reveal. The Liberal Democrats have accused the government of leaving local families from the EU in “legal limbo” and throwing people’s lives into uncertainty.
Of the 20,020 EU nationals across Lewisham who have applied for permanent residency, barely half (10,750) have been offered settled status. 6,030 have been granted pre-settled status, which only gives the temporary right to stay in the UK.
Another 3,110 EU nationals living in Lewisham have applied for permanent residency but are still waiting for a final decision to be made.
2,100 of the applications for settled status in Lewisham were for children, ie those under 18.
Liberal Democrat candidate for Lewisham, Deptford Bobby Dean commented:
“Many in our community are anxious about their right to stay. They’re filling vital roles in our health service and our schools. It’s disgraceful for the Conservative government to leave them in legal limbo like this.
“Families and children must not be made to live under a cloud of uncertainty any longer.
“The Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit, protect the rights of everyone in our community and build a brighter future for our country.”
The latest figures on the EU settlement scheme including by local authority are available here.