Immigration rules undermine efforts to end rough sleeping
Homeless Link responds to Government guidance, published today, on considering refusing or cancelling permission to remain in the UK on the grounds of rough sleeping.
Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless Link, comments: “While we welcome the emphasis on the limited circumstances in which the Rules should apply, Homeless Link and our members remain deeply concerned about their impact, unintended and otherwise, on some of the most vulnerable people sleeping rough. We continue to call for these damaging Rules to be scrapped immediately.
“These Rules will certainly drive people away from the support they need and will hamper efforts to end rough sleeping. By sowing fear and distrust in services, they directly undermine the work of our members in the homelessness sector at a time when it is, in many ways, more challenging than ever. Fundamentally, this policy goes against decades of good practice and learning on what works to support people who are sleeping rough, especially those who struggle to engage with services.
“To achieve the goal of ending rough sleeping by 2024, we need a joined up, cross-Government approach that is not compromised by hard-line immigration policies. We urge the Government to continue the successful approach taken with Everyone In, to prioritise public health and support-led, trauma-informed measures. In addition to the suspension of NRPF restrictions during the ongoing pandemic, we call for urgent investment in independent immigration advice and employment support, to help non-UK nationals to end their homelessness for good.”
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