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Children who have no recourse to public funds - Call for evidence

BASW is asking for members to get in touch with their experiences of working with children who have no recourse to public funds

The UK Parliament Work and Pensions Select Committee has launched an inquiry into children who have no recourse to public funds, as part of a wider inquiry looking at children in poverty.

BASW is asking for members to get in touch with their experiences of working with children who have no recourse to public funds.

The inquiry is looking at:

  • What impact has the pandemic had on children with NRPF? Has the lifting of restrictions made any difference?
  • What other financial support from the Government is available for families with NRPF who are facing financial hardship? How effective is this support?
    • How have families with NRPF benefited from the new support that the Government introduced in response to the pandemic, such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the COVID Local Support Grant?
    • The Government has extended eligibility for free school meals to some categories of children with NRPF on a temporary basis. What has been the impact of this policy?
  • What role do other bodies, such as local authorities and third sector organisations, play in supporting children with NRPF?
    • What impact has the pandemic had on these organisations’ capacity to support children with NRPF?
  • People with leave to remain on family or human rights grounds can apply to have the NRPF condition lifted in some circumstances. How effective has this measure been at preventing families from falling into serious hardship?

If you have any thoughts or contributions that may be helpful to any response BASW may submit, please send them to Kerri Prince, Public and Political Affairs Lead: kerri.prince@basw.co.uk

Alternatively, you can make your own submission to the committee's inquiry.