The Unity Project and Deighton Pierce Glynn have received funding from the Strategic Legal Fund to conduct pre-litigation research into the ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF) policy.
Every year, thousands of families and individuals are granted limited leave to remain in the UK with NRPF. The aim of this research project is to gather data that could be part of a legal challenge the to NRPF policy on the grounds that it is discriminatory and that there are systematic failings in both the implementation of the policy and its procedural safeguards (the Change of Conditions application).
The Unity Project has worked with over a hundred people who have leave to remain but are struggling to afford their rent and living essentials with NRPF. Our data suggests that the policy disproportionately impacts single mothers who make up over 95% of The Unity Project’s clients; it is often impossible for single parents with NRPF to afford rent and food without ‘in-work’ benefits to supplement their income as they are forced to work zero-hour minimum-wage contracts without childcare support.
Over the next months, we will be working with other organisations across the UK to gather data to evidence this, and any other instances of structural discrimination built into the NRPF policy, as well as investigating barriers to making successful Change of Conditions applications.