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National Audit Office publishes report into Home Office asylum accommodation and support contracts

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report into the Home’s Office’s asylum accommodation and AIRE (Advice, Issue Reporting and Eligibility) contracts, after it transitioned to them in September 2019. NACCOM and other sector partners welcome the report after flagging up concerns about both contracts’ performance, […]

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Open letter to Local Authorities – halt evictions of those experiencing homelessness with NRPF from emergency accommodation

NACCOM has joined more than a hundred charities, campaign groups, lawyers and local councillors to urge local councils not to evict homeless people with NRPF from emergency accommodation provided through the Covid-19 homelessness response. The open letter, coordinated by Haringey Migrant Support Centre, also asks councils not […]

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NACCOM Covid-19 Advocacy – Update on the Government’s ‘Everyone In’ guidance in relation to those with No Recourse to Public Funds

On March 26th, the Government instructed Local Authorities to accommodate all rough sleepers (regardless of immigration status) during the pandemic. After reports were circulated last week (May 15th) in the Manchester Evening News that the Government was now ‘winding up’ its ‘Everyone In’ programme, the Ministry for […]

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NACCOM Covid-19 Advocacy – May update

Since the onset of the pandemic in the UK, alongside other organisations in the sector, NACCOM has been campaigning the Government to introduce some key policy changes in order to protect and support people with insecure migration status, those seeking asylum and refugees experiencing homelessness and destitution […]

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NACCOM Covid-19 Advocacy: PM must honour commitment to those who can’t access public funds during Coronavirus pandemic, say leading charities

On March 26th, NACCOM, member charities in our network, and other leading charities from across the migration sector, have once again written to the Prime Minister, urging him to make vital support available to those unable to access public funds  due to their uncertain migration status, during […]

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NACCOM Covid-19 Advocacy: Joint letter to the Prime Minister – policy recommendations to protect people who are experiencing homelessness and insecure migration statuses

Today (March 19th 2020), over 70 leading charities, organisations and individuals that provide essential services for people who are destitute and homeless because of their migration status are calling on the Government to take urgent action, as the Covid-19 crisis escalates. In a letter addressed to the […]

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Advocacy round-up; updates on #LiftTheBan, the parliamentray debate on refugee move-on support, and the new Immigration Bill

Our Campaigns and Policy Coordinator, Jessie Seal, gives us an update on some key advocacy activity and developments from the last few weeks. Joint campaigns: #LiftTheBan This week, the #LiftTheBan coalition held their first meeting since the start of the new parliament. Some incredible work has been […]

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NACCOM Briefing: support for refugees after receiving an asylum decision. Help us tell the Government it’s time to extend the refugee move-on period

Nearly all new refugees in the UK experience a period of destitution after they have been granted status, as asylum support ends 28 days on from a positive decision, whilst the first payment of Universal Credit is not made for 35 days. This “in-built” period where no […]

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New British Red Cross report shows the cost benefit of extending the 28-day move-on period – but we must still champion the moral case too, writes Jessie Seal, NACCOM’s Policy and Campaigns Coordinator

New cost-benefit analysis shows that extending the refugee move-on period would save public money – but we must not lose sight of the moral case for changing a policy that leaves people ‘destitute by design’, writes Jessie Seal, NACCOM’s Policy and Campaigns Coordinator. “On Tuesday (18th February), […]

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Closing the gap – NACCOM’s response to the NAO’s inquiry into Universal Credit; getting to the first payment

NACCOM has submitted evidence to the National Audit Office’s inquiry into Universal Credit, and the five-week wait to receive the first payment. Jessie Seal, our Campaigns and Policy Coordinator, explains why it’s vital that the Government provides a joined-up asylum and benefits system that doesn’t put newly […]

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New research by Women for Refugee Women shines a spotlight on the experiences of destitute women seeking asylum

The charity Women for Refugee Women has released some important new research looking into the experiences of asylum-seeking women in the UK. The new report, Will I ever be safe? Asylum-seeking women made destitute in the UK, features evidence from partners across the UK including NACCOM member […]

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NACCOM’s key asks – the five policies the next Government needs to adopt to #EndDestitution

Whatever the outcome of today’s General Election, NACCOM is asking the next Government to adopt these key policies to #EndDestitution amongst people seeking asylum, refugees and other migrants with no recourse to public funds. Hazel Williams, NACCOM’s National Director, commented: “Destitution has a devastating impact on the […]

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SECTOR NEWS

Scotland’s highest court rules ‘lock-change evictions’ are legal, putting many people seeking asylum at risk of homelessness

Last week, Scotland’s highest court ruled that lock-change evictions of people seeking asylum without court orders are legal. This means that those whose asylum claims have been refused can be evicted, putting them at immediate risk of homelessness at an extremely vulnerable point in their lives, and […]

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‘Missing the Safety Net’ – Government failings are leaving vulnerable people seeking asylum homeless and hungry, new joint report finds

New research published today by the charities Refugee Action and NACCOM, the No Accommodation Network, has revealed that vulnerable people refused asylum in the UK, including pregnant women and those with serious mental health conditions, are being failed by the Government’s asylum support system, leaving them homeless […]

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