Council staff & Brexit

This page holds information and advice specifically for Fife Council employees

 

Employee nationality census

We’re carrying out a census of council employees’ nationality in the run-up to Brexit to help us get things right for colleagues. Please take a minute to complete the ‘Nationality’ field in aboutMe.
 

We will always welcome employees of all nationalities but this important piece of work will help us:

  • support EU colleagues around the council and pass on important information directly
  • avoid sending people information that’s not relevant to them
  • continue workforce planning and make sure we have people in posts to deliver vital services in the future
  • ensure we meet future requirements around the right to work in the UK

Managers: please make sure staff in your team know to do this. Use the publication linked to this page for noticeboards or as a handout where appropriate.


Update your details now 

If you already have aboutMe access:

  • Sign in to aboutMe, click on “Personal” on the top menu, select the Sensitive information card under "My personal details" and complete the box called ‘Nationality’ using the drop-down list and ‘Contact details’ to check/update email address.
  • Access aboutMe at any time from work via the home page of FISH or from any internet enabled device at https://fifcoli.webitrent.com/fifcoli_ess/ess/
  • EU citizen? Please also check you have an up to date email address recorded under ‘Contact information’ so we can share any Government or local information, advice or support directly with you.

 

Not got aboutMe access, why not register?  It’s all about you.

  • If you don’t have login details for aboutMe this is an opportunity to register.
  • If you can use the council's intranet you can request access to aboutMe by logging in to First Contact and following Services > People and Pay > AboutMe and Pay > AboutMe/AboutMyTeam/iTrent > New AboutMe (iTrent) User Account.
  • If you don’t have access to the intranet, then your manager has to request it in First Contact on your behalf as long as you can provide a work or personal email address. Your manager should log into First Contact and follow this route: Services > People and Pay > AboutMe and Pay > AboutMe/AboutMyTeam/iTrent > New AboutMe (iTrent) User Account
  • Remember, as well as giving direct access to personal details, aboutMe lets you check payslips, P60’s, review holiday balances and update your personal details.
  • See aboutMe information, including guides, on FISH

 

No way to access aboutMe?

  • If you either can’t get or don’t want direct access to aboutMe you will need to tell your manager your nationality and current email address.
  • Your manager will be required to update the system - as they would with employees’ annual leave requests or sickness absence information.

 

Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens working in the pubic sector


On 21 January, the Government announced that there will be no fee to apply for settled / pre-settled status when the scheme opens fully on 30 March 2019. Anyone who has applied already, or who applies and pays a fee during the test phases, will be refunded. Details of the refunds process will be published on the .Gov website.


See more about the settled status scheme on our main Brexit advice page.

 

Pensions

The current understanding is that Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) pensions will not be affected. When they are due your money can be accessed from abroad. Several of our pensioners have moved overseas already and access funds from abroad.

 See UK Government guidance: "EU citizens in the UK: benefits and pensions in a ‘no deal’ scenario"

 

Health & Social Care staff

 Find out more on the HSCP employee portal.

 

Further support

We will continue to share information that may affect employees, as it becomes available, on these pages. You can also keep yourself updated by subscribing to the Home Office email alerts www.gov.uk/government/brexit


Support is also available via the employee counselling service for EU citizens with worries about the impending changes which are causing them anxiety or stress.  Please speak to your manager in the first instance.

 

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