2023 Case Studies Pack
- October 2023
In Kirklees we are developing an approach to empower local community groups to discuss difficult topics with residents that they oftentimes are not comfortable discussing with the Council. This has been very successful with the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) and COVID Community Champions scheme.
The EU Settlement Scheme offers indefinite leave to remain for EU citizens who had come to live and work in the UK. A number of issues made this a significant challenge:
Missing the deadline carried the risk that some of the most vulnerable people could be deemed to have No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) with clear dangers to individuals, landlords, employers and the Council itself.
To address this, the Council began work with Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre (KCALC) to run training and engagement sessions for a range of organisations, including small businesses, educational institutions, and community and faith organisations. It resulted in one of our biggest partnership-wide communication campaigns, engaging over 10,000 people and 900 local businesses.