Deputy Rob Ward - Statement on EU settlement scheme fees
Following the announcement that the UK government is scrapping the charge for the EU settlement scheme, I call on the Jersey Government to take the same action.
I have consistently opposed this charge as divisive for our community. We did not have a say in the Brexit vote and neither did EU nationals who have made their lives in Jersey.
The cost of the intended scheme can be covered by under-spends from Brexit preparation funds from 2016 to 2018. I have asked written questions regarding this in the states chamber. I have also asked these questions to the Home Affairs Minister in public hearings.
It is vital that the contribution of all of our communities to the rich diversity of our Island is appreciated.
Finally, this charge fails the government’s first priority of 'putting children first'.