Message from the Council Leader and Chief Executive
Brexit – our commitment to the Highland Council workforce
As you will be aware, the UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. We're now in a transition period (also known as the implementation period) that's likely to last until the end of December 2020. This means the UK is currently still following EU rules. We recognise that this could be an uncertain and unsettling time for many of you.
We are writing to reassure our EU national employees that you are equally valued and appreciated members of our 10,000 strong workforce. As your employer, we are wholeheartedly committed to providing support to each and every one of you as the situation develops.
The UK Government has introduced the EU Settlement Scheme which will allow EU Citizens and their families to continue to live, work and study in the UK. This status means that you will continue to be eligible for public services, such a healthcare and schools, public funds and pensions and British Citizenship, if you meet the requirements and want to apply.
In order to allow us to provide support and advice to employees, we will shortly be asking all staff to complete an online survey to help us target support and guidance for affected employees.
We believe it is very important that we do all we can to help our employees during this period of change and to help you feel supported to continue living and working in the Highlands. We will also continue to work with Trade Unions to ensure that collectively, we are providing all possible support.
We are working closely with our partners and both the Scottish and UK Governments to understand the specific implications arising from Brexit which may have an impact on the Highlands and will keep you updated on developments.