The Chair and Vice-Chair of Scilly's Council have signed an open letter urging EU nationals living in the region to apply for settled status.
The letter from 13 members of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Leadership Board follows the Prime Minister’s announcement on January 20th that the EU Settled Status application will no longer carry a £65 fee.
The Board's chairman, Cornwall Council Leader Adam Paynter, said: “Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have long supported EU nationals working and living here. With or without Brexit, that hasn’t changed.
“EU nationals make a positive contribution to our communities and local industries. We thank you for choosing Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to call your home and encourage you to submit your applications in order to stay here.
"If you are one of the 18,000 EU nationals living in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly, we recognise this is your home too. We want to reassure you that you are valued members of our community and encourage you to secure your right to continue living and working here after Brexit.”
Cornwall Council said that it will offer a service to help scan ID documents and is "working with a number of voluntary organisations to find ways to support vulnerable people with the scheme".
The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Leadership Board includes representatives from Cornwall and Scilly's Councils, Devon & Cornwall Police, the Local Nature Partnership, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, the Cornwall Association of Local Councils and the NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group.
Further information is available at www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families.
It was recently revealed that the Council of the Isles of Scilly will receive £210,000 from the Government to help with costs caused by Brexit.