A SCHEME which helps EU citizens looking to gain settled status in the UK has been praised by the Wee County’s MSP.

Elected rep Keith Brown hopes the Scottish Government’s Stay In Scotland initiative will support those from the continent who call this county their home.

Launched in partnership with Citizens Advice, it includes the provision of a national helpline where people can get free, impartial and confidential advice and support from trained advisors.

The service is for EU citizens wishing to apply for Settled Status, but who also have extra needs due to their circumstances.

Those with issues accessing an android phone, limited internet access, or whose personal situation is risky are some examples of those it is targeted at.

Information about the scheme will be distributed across Scottish GP practices, nurseries, libraries and community centres.

Keith Brown said: “The Scottish Government’s priority is to ensure that EU citizens wishing to remain in Scotland can continue to build their lives here.

“The Stay In Scotland service will provide a much welcome support for those affected by the UK Government’s Settlement Scheme.

“I will also have materials in my constituency office if anyone wishes to find out more.

“The Scottish Government has been consistently clear, EU citizens living in Scotland are valued, welcome here and we want them to stay.

“This support package will go some way to ensuring that EU citizens will continue to be able to call Scotland their home.”

The number to call is 0800 9169 847.