If you notice any structural damage to buildings due to the high winds from the wintry weather, then call us on 0303 123 1702. If there is a danger to life call 999. Damage to power cables should be reported to Electricity North West by calling 105. Keep up to date with the latest weather situation via the Met Office, and any flooding issues via the Environment Agency.
Brexit (European Union Withdrawal)
The United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union on 31 January 2020, although there will be a planned 11 month transition period. During this time, the UK will still follow all the EU's rules and regulations, remain in the single market and the customs union and the free movement of people will continue.
Preparations for a No Deal Brexit – known as Operation Yellowhammer – are now halted with immediate effect due to the decreased likelihood of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. Government focus is now on the delivery aspects of the current deal, future relationship negotiations and preparing for the end of the implementation period.
Further information about Brexit can be found on the Government's The UK and the EU have agreed a deal page. If are a UK citizen living in the EU you can check specific guidance for the country you live in.
If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.
EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. For more information, click here.
Applications are free and the deadline for application is 30 June 2021.
If you are an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain you do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
If you employ EU citizens and would like more information about the EUSS, the government have provided an introduction to the scheme for employers and a toolkit to equip you with the right materials and information to support EU citizens to apply to stay in the UK.
If you are a community group working with EU citizens, learn how you can support EU citizens and non-EU citizen family members to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme here. There is also a toolkit to help you provide clear and accurate information to the EU citizens and family members you are supporting.