30th May 2019

A Scottish government minister is visiting Airdrie Citizens Advice Bureau today to see its EU Citizen Support service in action. This project, aimed at helping European citizens in Scotland who are affected by changes in the immigration rules as a result of Brexit, is one of the many services that the CAB offers to local people.

The EU Citizen Support service is funded by £800,000 over three years by the Scottish Government, and delivered by Scotland’s Citizens Advice network. Citizens Advice Scotland’s Chief Executive Derek Mitchell is also at today’s event. Scottish Government Migration Minister Ben Macpherson MSP said: “Since the EU referendum, EU citizens in our communities have been forced to live with unacceptable levels of uncertainty about how Brexit will affect their lives, their careers and their families. “We want EU citizens to feel settled and secure in Scotland, and to continue to feel welcome here, and this service funded by the Scottish Government, as part of our Stay in Scotland package, is focused on helping our friends, neighbours and colleagues from elsewhere in the EU feel supported at this uncertain time. “By providing reassurances about rights and offering access to advice on how to secure settled status through the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme, this partnership with CAB is one of the practical steps we have taken to help ensure that EU citizens in Scotland feel welcome, supported and valued. “Along with bureaux up and down the country, advisers at the Airdrie CAB are doing an important job and delivering trusted advice, and I greatly‎ appreciate their contribution.”

Airdrie CAB Chief Executive Vince McKeown said, “Our advisers here in the CAB have seen first-hand that many EU citizens in Airdrie are unsure of their rights since the Brexit vote. The funding made available by this project has allowed us to offer additional help to those people, and we are keen to encourage anyone who needs that help to come and see us. “I’m delighted to welcome the minister today. He is here to see this particular project and we will also be keen to show him the wider work and services that our highly skilled advisers do in offering vital support to all the people of Airdrie and across the area at our outreach locations”

Citizens Advice Scotland Chief Executive Derek Mitchell said: “Brexit has left many people in Scotland feeling uncertain about their rights, and all the signs are that these uncertainties could continue for some time. It is essential that people have a trusted source of advice and support which is completely confidential, free and independent. The Scottish CAB network is proud to fit that description and all our CABs are keen to help EU citizens with all the advice they need. Airdrie CAB is an excellent example of that help in action.” More information about the EU Citizen Support service is available at