A new bid to end destitution for people with no recourse to public funds in Scotland begins today with the launch of Everyone Home’s new cross sector route map.
Endorsed by thirty organisations that care about homelessness as well as the Scottish Government and COSLA, the umbrella organisation for local councils, the route map sets out a clear strategy to support people at risk of destitution due to the impact of no recourse to public funds conditions.
Sabir Zazai, CEO of Scottish Refugee Council said:
“We are proud to be part of this collective effort to end destitution. The route map is about creating a safety net for people living under no recourse to public funds conditions in Scotland. We know from our work that NRPF puts people at serious risk – socially, economically, very much so in terms of health and welfare and exposes people to additional risks including exploitation. It is an awful policy that causes so much harm by denying people safe shelter because of their immigration status.
“The route map recognises that the stakes are so high right now. In a global health crisis, people must have somewhere safe to stay and must be able to follow government and public health guidance, including being able to self-isolate if needed.”
The route map sets out three key strategies to keep people safe:
- Making sure everyone has a safe place to stay, appropriate support and advice and that no one is evicted into homelessness
- Building and maintaining collaboration between public, third and academic sectors
- Developing a medium to long term partnership with Scottish funding bodies
Download the full report here: Everyone Home
Read Sabir’s blog about why it matters : Scottish Housing News