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Joint letter to the Prime Minister – Coronavirus; 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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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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Member Spotlight: One Roof Leicester on their winter night shelter: ‘One of the most rewarding parts is seeing the transformation in the guests’

Salma Ravat is the manager of One Roof Leicester (ORL), a NACCOM member in the Midlands working to reduce homelessness in their local community. One Roof runs a winter night shelter alongside a year-round housing scheme. As the winter draws to an end, we caught up with […]

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‘Still An Ordeal’ – British Red Cross releases latest report on destitution in the move on period for newly recognised refugees

Today the British Red Cross releases ‘Still An Ordeal’, examining the experiences of new refugees who face destitution after moving on from asylum support. The report concludes that the 28-day move-on period ‘is leaving refugees on the brink of extreme poverty.’ Below we share a summary of […]

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Member Spotlight: ‘We desperately need policy change’ – Boaz Trust on the importance of gathering information on refugee homelessness

The Boaz Trust have been running a night shelter in Manchester for ten years now as part of their work to end destitution amongst people seeking sanctuary in the UK. As well as directly delivering life saving accommodation and support, in 2017-18 they worked with other NACCOM members to […]

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Job Vacancies in the Network in May

Several NACCOM members are recruiting at the moment, please see below for details and contact the organisations directly for further information. Abigail Housing- Volunteer Co-ordinator (CP24: £21,962* (pro rata for 20 hrs per week) Abigail Housing provides supported housing to individuals at the end of the asylum process. This includes new […]

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Join us for our one-day event focusing on refugee accommodation and support on May 24th

On May 24th, NACCOM is hosting its first ever one-day event focusing on accommodation and support for newly recognised refugees. The event, which takes place at St George’s Conference Centre in Leeds, will explore accommodation models within the network supporting newly recognised refugees, and is aimed at existing […]

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Update from WARM Hut in Salford

Earlier this week we caught up with the team at WARM Hut in Salford, a refugee community organisation that became a NACCOM member in August 2016. The team includes Pipeeh Miyalu (Project Manager), Elizabeth Tamgata (Wellbeing Manager) and Albert Mulando (Liason Officer). When did WARM Hut start, […]

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