In the ongoing work to advance the case for everyday rights in the UK, the ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ policy (NRPF) remains a significant obstacle. This policy, a serious breach of economic, social and cultural rights, particularly the right to social security, regularly plunges people into destitution and locks them into cycles of poverty.
Over the few years, we have worked with Project 17 to provide co-secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on NRPF, a cross-party parliamentary group that works towards the elimination of destitution amongst migrants with NRPF status and contributes to policy and legislation in this area.
As part of this role, we have supported numerous events, evidence sessions, and photo exhibitions raising awareness of NRPF. We have sought to shine a spotlight on the many injustices people subject to NRPF face, and how their everyday rights are impacted on a regular basis, from accessing child benefits to poor quality housing.
We have also submitted evidence, for example to the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, which underscored the disproportionate impact of the NRPF policy on already marginalised groups, including women, children, people of colour, and disabled people.
Marking a new chapter
We have now stepped down from our role of providing co-secretariat of the APPG on NRPF, to focus our efforts, and limited resources on the delivery of our Strategy 2023-5. However, this does not signal a retreat from our commitment to address this pressing issue.
As we step down from our role, we want to say a huge thank you to our friends and colleagues at Project 17 and in the APPG on NRPF. We have learned a lot over the years about the devastating impact NRPF can have on people’s lives.
We remain dedicated to bringing an end to the NRPF policy and ensuring that everyone, regardless of their immigration status, can access and claim their right to social security.
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