Posted on 18 September 2020
“An innovative and carefully-structured mix of socio-legal and ‘law in action’ methodologies.”
(i) A legal action research clinic, supporting organisations working with EU nationals in the UK, while producing a advice-led ethnography, documenting the cases that we encounter.
(ii) Political interviews with MPs and Peers; MEPs; NGOs and key governance stakeholders on problems faced by EU nationals accessing public services.
(iii) Analysing statistical data on variables that affect EU nationals’ access to public services.
The project website is now live at: https://www.eurightshub.york.ac.uk/
The Clinic is now open and ready to take referrals. We are able to provide advice and support to advisers around the UK on cases involving EU, EEA or third country national family members seeking to access public services – for example, through making claims or appeals relating to welfare benefits. We would also be interested in cases relating to access to public sector housing, healthcare, education, and other related services.
The clinic will be working primarily with charitable advice organisations – giving second tier advice to support their work with EU nationals, even if EU nationals only make up a small proportion of their clients. The hub, while based in York Law School Clinic, operates nation-wide – so we welcome referrals from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Advice and support will be provided remotely.
There are a number of avenues for support with settled status applications, and we are not seeking to replicate those.
By way of some examples, we hope to help with issues accessing public services including:
problems interpreting/understanding the law;
This is not an exhaustive list! Some problems will be unexpected; we are interested in any kind of obstacle encountered.
To find out more information about the project and how to make a referral visit our referral page.