In this briefing, we outline what is known about the new rough sleeping Immigration Rules, their worrying implications and make recommendations for homelessness services, local and national government.
Stand against the rough sleeping Immigration Rules
This new policy will drive people who are already vulnerable - including victims of modern slavery - away from the support they need and will hamper efforts to end rough sleeping.
Government guidance places some limits on when the Rules should be applied, though these limitations are far from sufficient. The Guidance also highlights the central role the Home Office wants local authorities to play in implementing the Rules – including making proactive referrals.
Homelessness organisations and local authorities across England are standing against these damaging Rules and in solidarity with non-UK nationals who need our support. In doing so, we are standing for a trauma-informed, support-led homelessness system, that is trusted by everyone who needs it.
We are urging local authorities to retain their focus on supporting people out of homelessness by pledging not to refer people to the Home Office under these damaging Rules. We call on homelessness organisations and local authorities to use the form below to join our campaign.
What you can do:
Spread the word – use our briefing to talk to commissioners, MPs and local councillors.
Pledge for local authorities
As a local authority dedicated to fighting homelessness, we stand against the new rough sleeping Immigration Rules. We pledge not to make referrals under the new Rules and to always endeavour to provide support-led solutions to anyone experiencing homelessness in our community.
There is a model council resolution you can use here.
Pledge for homelessness organisations
As an organisation dedicated to fighting homelessness, we stand against the new rough sleeping Immigration Rules. We pledge to do everything in our power to support those who need it, regardless of their immigration status.
Almost 120 local authorities and homelessness organisations have signed our #SupportDontDeport pledges. You can download a list of all organisations who have pledged support here.
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Jennie is a Policy Manager at Homeless Link.