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Emergency funding to prevent homelessness in Scotland

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 12, 2020
Ministers have demanded that the UK government suspend their restrictions in order to prevent homelessness and destitution among people who have No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF).
Scotland homelessness
Prevent   Scotland homelessness
More than £875,000 has been provided by the Scottish Government and local authorities during the coronavirus pandemic to ensure that people with no access to financial support are kept safe and secure, which Ministers are seeking compensation for.

Topics: Scotland

NRPF is a condition imposed on someone due to their immigration status which restricts access to welfare support including Universal Credit, child benefit, housing benefit, the Scottish Welfare Fund and a range of allowances and tax credits.

Ministers have written to UK Immigration Minister Chris Philp on a number of occasions regarding the suspension of NRPF and recompense for the £600,000 spent in Scotland to accommodate people and £275,000 spent to support their basic living costs. A response is yet to be received.