I have received a number of emails from constituents regarding the No Recourse to Public Funds campaign.
Most non-EEA national migrants with temporary permission to remain in the UK have ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF). This visa condition prevents them from accessing most state-funded benefits, tax credits, and housing assistance.
The Government has announced numerous measures of support for people who would suffer financial loss due to COVID-19, some of these measures which are open to those with NRPF status are including:
- Temporary migrants with NRPF are eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme.
- 'New Style' Jobseekers Allowance, Statutory Sick Pay, and “New Style” Employment Support Allowance do not count as public funds.
Furthermore, there are certain policy concessions that the Government has made which include:
- People who are facing extreme hardship and who have been granted leave to remain on family/private life grounds might be eligible to have their NRPF condition removed, due to a pre-existing 'change of conditions' policy.
- Asylum seekers will continue to be eligible for Home Office accommodation and financial support after their claims have been decided, for the next three months.
- Local authorities have been asked to provide accommodation to all rough sleepers and vulnerable homeless people, including migrants with NRPF.
During this time, the Government is aware that those in a vulnerable position will be the hardest hit by the virus and has added these provisions to the schemes in order for them to be sufficiently protected.
If you are a constituent and you have a particular concern regarding the No Recourse to Public Funds campaign, please contact my office.