The APPG on No Recourse to Public Funds hosted a joint event with the APPG on Migration, which explored the implications of extending the No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) condition to even more people in the upcoming Nationality and Borders Bill.

The event: More Distinctions, Fewer Chances to Rebuild Livelihoods? The impact of Clause 10.5 of the Nationality and Borders Bill on Refugees was hosted on Zoom on Wednesday,  November 3rd, 2021 1.00 – 2.30 PM

This event focused specifically on the impact of Clause 10.5 of the Nationality and Borders Bill on refugees and their welfare. Among various aspects of the Bill, we are particularly concerned about the proposal to differentiate between groups of refugees based on their mode of arrival to the UK, and to grant limited services on this basis. 

The panel event brought together policy experts and people with lived experiences of similar policies, with the aim to examine the main limitations to introduced to refugee support by Clause 10.5 of the bill. These mainly revolve around extending the NRPF condition, limiting rights of family reunion, introducing a time-limited leave, and restricting access to indefinite leave. The event discussed the potential consequences of these measures for refugees, and their attempts to rebuild livelihoods in the UK.

The event was Co-Chaired by Kate Osamor MP and Baroness Sarah Ludford  

Speakers included:

  • Jonathan Featonby, British Red Cross 
  • Jennifer Blair, Helen Bamber Foundation 
  • Kris Harris, Project 17
  • Neil Coyle MP
  • Nike and Assiatu – Individuals with lived experience of the No Recourse to Public Funds condition

A recording of the main panel proceedings can be accessed here and minutes of the event can be found here.