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      Action on Hearing Loss will pay settled status fee for its EU Employees

      15 January 2019

      National charity Action on Hearing Loss has announced that it will cover the £65 cost of settled status applications for its non British EU-citizen employees, who are mainly employed in frontline care and support roles.

      The charity that supports people who are deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus, will also provide help with the application process.

      Mark Atkinson Chief Executive at Action on Hearing Loss explained: “I am proud that Action on Hearing Loss has become one of the very first charities offering to pay the fees for all of our employees who are EU citizens applying for settled status in the UK. This impacts just under ten per cent of our team and we value each and every individual.

      "EU citizens in our employment make a major contribution to our vision of a world where deafness and hearing loss don’t limit or label people, where tinnitus is silenced and where people value their hearing. In truth we couldn’t achieve the change we want to see without these colleagues and I hope this small gesture shows our appreciation to those affected. I hope that other charities follow our lead and make similar arrangements for EU citizens who contribute to civil society here in the UK."

      Under the EU Settlement Scheme, all EU citizens living in the UK will need to apply for the right to remain in the UK after Brexit. The process will give those who have lived in the UK for five years or more settled status, allowing them to stay in the country indefinitely.

      Anyone who is under this threshold can apply for pre-settled status, giving them another five years in the UK after which they can apply for settled status.

      For media enquiries or comment

      Julia Maillebiau, Head of PR at Action on Hearing Loss, on julia.maillebiau@hearingloss.org.uk or 0203 227 6071

      Notes to Editors

      • Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) is the national charity helping people confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss to live the life they choose. Action on Hearing Loss enables them to take control of their lives and remove the barriers in their way, giving people support and care, developing technology and treatments, and campaigning for equality.