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Brexit: Latest Updates to the Life in the UK Test Handbook

Brexit Life in the UK test Handbook Changes

People who are applying for naturalisation or for settlement, (also called indefinite leave to remain) are required to take the Life in the UK Test. The handbook, Life in the UK: A Guide for New Residents contains all the testable material for the test.

Since Brexit, the UK Government has updated the handbook. Applicants that are preparing for the Life in the UK Test should make sure that they are preparing for their test from up-to-date resources.

Here is a complete and detailed breakdown of all the major recent updates to the handbook “Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents – 3rd Edition”.

Chapter 1 – The Values and Principles of the UK

In the section “Taking the Life in the UK Test”, two pieces of information have been updated:

One about how many test centres there are in the UK.

▶ New sentence: There are over 30 test centres in the UK.

▶ Old sentence: There are about 60 test centres around the UK.

One about the website address to book the test online.

▶ New sentence: You can only book your test online, at www.gov.uk/life-in-the-uk-test.

▶ Old sentence: You can only book your test online, at www.lifeintheuktest.gov.uk.

Chapter 3 – A Long and Illustrious History

Last paragraph of Chapter 3 “Coalition government 2010 onwards” was updated

▶ New text: Coalition government 2010 onwards and Brexit
In May 2010, and for the first time in the UK since February 1974, no political party won an overall majority in the General Election. The Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties formed a coalition and the leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron, became Prime Minister.
The Conservative Party won a majority at the general election of 7 May 2015 and David Cameron remained Prime Minister.
The Conservative Party won a majority at the general election of 7 May 2015 and David Cameron remained Prime Minister. The Conservative government called a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. This was held on 23 June 2016. The UK voted by a margin of 51.9% to 48.1% to leave the European Union. David Cameron was succeeded as Prime Minister after the referendum by Theresa May on 13 July 2016. She in turn was succeeded by Boris Johnson on 24 July 2019. The UK formally left the European Union on 31 January 2020.

▶ Old text: Coalition government 2010 onwards
In May 2010, and for the first time in the UK since February 1974, no political party won an overall majority in the General Election. The Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties formed a coalition and the leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron, became Prime Minister. The Conservative Party won a majority at the general election of 7 May 2015 and David Cameron remained Prime Minister. He was succeeded by Theresa May on 13 July 2016.

Chapter 4 – A Modern, Thriving Society

In the section “The UK Today”

The “Population growth in the UK” table has been updated with the latest 2017 population data (just over 66 million).

In the section “Religion”

The caption text of the Westminster Abbey image has been updated to:
Westminster Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of many monarchs

Old caption was: Westminster Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of 17 monarchs.

Chapter 5 – The UK Government, the Law and Your Role

In the section “Elections”

The whole paragraph about “European parliamentary elections” has been removed

Old paragraph: European parliamentary elections
Elections for the European Parliament are also held every five years. Elected members are called members of the European Parliament (MEPs). Elections to the European Parliament use a system of proportional representation, where seats are allocated to each party in proportion to the total number of votes it has won.

In the section “Devolved administrations”

A sentence has been removed from the “The Northern Ireland Assembly” sub-section:

▶ New paragraph:
The UK government has the power to suspend all devolved assemblies. It has used this power several times in Northern Ireland when local political leaders found it difficult to work together.

▶ Old paragraph:
The UK government has the power to suspend all devolved assemblies. It has used this power several times in Northern Ireland when local political leaders found it difficult to work together. However, the Assembly has been running successfully since 2007.

In the section “Visiting Parliament and the devolved administrations”

Information has been updated on how to arrange a visit to the Northern Ireland Assembly and to the Welsh Assembly.

In the section “The UK and international institutions”

● The number of Commonwealth members has to been updated from 52 to 54 member. A few members have been added or removed from the “Commonwealth members” table.

● The whole paragraph about the European Union has been removed.

In the section “Civil Courts”

The small claims threshold amount has been updated from “less than £5,000” to “less than £10,000” in England and Wales.

In the section “National Insurance”

Some of the steps in getting a National Insurance number have been updated.

▶ New text:
If you have permission to work in the UK, you will need to telephone the National Insurance number applications line. After you’ve applied, you’ll get a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) asking you to come to a National Insurance number interview at Jobcentre Plus. The letter will also tell you which documents to bring to prove your identity. You can find out more information about how to apply for a National Insurance number at https://www.gov.uk/apply-national-insurancenumber.

▶ Old text:
If you have permission to work in the UK, you will need to telephone the Department for Work and Pensions DWP) to arrange to get a National Insurance number.

In the section “Driving”

The government updated some information about foreign driving licence, the annual road tax and the tax disc, and about the Statutory Off Road Notification.

▶ New text:
If you have a licence from another country, you may use it in the UK for up to 12 months. To continue driving after that, you must get a UK full driving licence. To check that you can drive in the UK with a non-GB licence, visit www.gov.uk/driving-nongb-licence.
If you are resident in the UK, your car or motor cycle must be registered at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). You must pay an annual road tax, which cannot be passed on when a vehicle changes hands. If the vehicle is parked off the road and not being used, you must tell DVLA by making a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN). SORN cannot be transferred if the vehicle is sold or given to a new owner. You must also have valid motor insurance. It is a serious criminal offence to drive without insurance. If your vehicle is over three years old, you must take it for a Ministry of Transport (MOT) test every year. It is an offence not to have an MOT certificate if your vehicle is more than three years old. You can find out more about vehicle tax and MOT requirements from www.gov.uk.

▶ Old text:
If your driving licence if from a country in the European Union (EU), Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway, you can drive in the UK for as long as your licence is valid. If you have a licence from any other country, you may use it in the UK for up to 12 months. To continue driving after that, you must get a UK full driving licence.
If you are resident in the UK, your car or motor cycle must be registered at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). You must pay an annual road tax and display the tax disc, which shows that the tax has been paid, on the windowscreen. You must also have valid motor insurance. It is a serious criminal offence to drive without insurance. If your vehicle is over three years old, you must take it to the Ministry of Transport (MOT) test every year. It is an offense not to have a MOT certificate if your vehicle is more than three years old. You can find out more about vehicle tax and MOT requirements from www.gov.uk

In the section “How you can support your community”

Regarding “Jury service”, the age information has been updated for England and Wales.

▶ New text: Anyone who is on the electoral register and is aged 18 to 70 (18-75 in England and Wales) can be asked to do this.

▶ Old text: Anyone who is on the electoral register and is aged 18 to 70 can be asked to do this.

In the section “Helping in schools”

● Regarding “School governors and school boards”, the website address has been updated for how to apply to be a governor or school board member.

▶ New text: In England, you can also apply online at the Governors for Schools website at www.governorsforschools.org.uk.

▶ Old text: In England, you can also apply online at the School Governors’ One-Stop Shop at www.sgoss.org.uk

● The website address has also been updating on how to apply to open a free school in your local area

▶ New text: In England, parents and other community groups can apply to open a free school in their local area. More information about this can be found at https://www.gov.uk/set-up-free-school.

▶ Old text: In England, parents and other community groups can apply to open a free school in their local area. More information about this can be found on the Department for Education website at www.dfe.gov.uk

In the section “Other ways to volunteer”

Some website addresses have been updated for how to find out about opportunities for younger people to volunteer and receive accreditation.

▶ New text:
National Citizen Service: at wearencs.com
Wales: at volunteering-wales.net/vk/volunteers/index.htm
Scotland: at www.volunteerscotland.net

▶ Old text:
National Citizen Service: at nationalcitizenservice.direct.gov.uk
Wales: at www.gwirvol.org
Scotland: at www.vds.org.uk

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