Thousands of EU nationals living in Coventry have not been offered permanent residency in the UK, official figures have revealed. The Liberal Democrats have accused the government of leaving local families from the EU in "legal limbo" and throwing people's lives into uncertainty.
Of the 15,940 EU nationals across Coventry who have applied for permanent residency, only 6,830 - fewer than half - have been offered settled status. 5,810 have been granted pre-settled status, which only gives the temporary right to stay in the UK.
Another 3,250 EU nationals living in Coventry have applied for permanent residency but are still waiting for a final decision to be made.
2,830 of the applications for settled status in Coventry were for children, i.e. those under 18.
Commenting, Liberal Democrat candidate for Coventry South Stephen Richmond said:
"Many EU nationals in Coventry are deeply anxious about their right to stay.
"These people are our friends and colleagues. Many of them fill vital roles in our health service, schools and local businesses. It's disgraceful for the Conservative government to leave them in legal limbo in this way.
"Families and children must not be made to live under a cloud of uncertainty any longer.
"The Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit, protect the rights of EU citizens and build a brighter future for our country."