Hybrid evidence session to explore the poor standard of accommodation people subject to NRPF are faced with and what can be done.

About this event

On Wednesday 23 November from 14:00-15:30 a hybrid evidence session will be jointly hosted by the APPG on No Recourse to Public Funds* and the APPG on Temporary Accommodation** on the issue of, “No Recourse to Public Funds and Accommodation: The Reality People Face.” This event will explore the particular difficulties faced by people with No Recourse to Public Funds when accessing accommodation from local authorities under section 17 of the Children Act 1989.*** It will also discuss how the situation can be improved.

There is currently no guidance or legislation setting out minimum requirements for accommodation provided to people with No Recourse to Public Funds through Section 17 support. This has resulted in often terrible standards and the frequent use of unlicensed HMOs (houses in multiple occupation).

These conditions impact people’s lives in a wide range of ways, including their health, safety, wellbeing and child development.

This session will bring together sector experts and people with lived experiences of No Recourse to Public Funds to examine what steps can be taken to improve accommodation for people receiving Section 17 support.

This event will be chaired by Kate Osamor MP.

Speakers include:

  • Alex Firth, Research and Communications Officer at Just Fair
  • Alex Proctor Research and Policy Coordinator at Justlife
  • Angie Ouattara, Maternal Health Lead at Shared Health Foundation
  • Justina Kamara, NRPF Manager at Manchester City Council
  • William Flack, Solicitor with expertise on NRPF and accommodation
  • As well as individuals with lived experience of the No Recourse to Public Funds condition

This will be a hybrid event.

To register to attend online and for more details on this event, please visit this webpage, click the ‘Register’ button, fill in your details and you will receive a Zoom link to attend.

If you would like to attend the event in person, please send an email to appg@project17.org.uk and we will send you the exact location on the parliamentary estate and registration details in order to attend.

The briefing can be found here

A recording of the main panel proceedings can be accessed here.

Notes of the session can be found here.

*Just Fair and Project 17 act as co-secretariat for the APPG NRPF

**Justlife and Shared Health Foundation act as co-secretariat for the APPG on Temporary Accommodation

*** Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 places a general duty on local authorities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in need.