EU nationals have a week to get their papers in order, to ensure they can remain in the UK. It’s a Brexit loose end thing.
With a week to go until the deadline for EU nationals living in the UK to apply for settled status, it is clear that far more EU citizens have been living in the country than previous estimates suggested.
As of 31 May, the government had received 5.6 million applications for the post-Brexit scheme that allows EU (and EEA) nationals to continue living and working in the UK after the end of this month.
That is far higher than the official estimate when the scheme was fully opened in March 2019 that there were 3.7 million (non-Irish) EU nationals in the country.
Everyone but the government knew there were vastly more people in the country than the official figures suggested. The government was out by millions.
These are the people who figure out how many schools, hospitals, houses etc are needed. And that’s why you can’t get an appointment or your little Johnny into the local school. It’s because government is useless, all the time. It is the very worst mechanism for planning anything.