As part of a national campaign to end asylum evictions and the No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) Condition we wrote to our local MP's and were able to meet with Nadia Whittome, the MP for Nottingham East.
Here, you can read part of our briefing letter, along with some suggestions to our MP's like Nadia:
"Since mid September, the Home Office announced that evictions will resume for people who have been refused asylum. We, along with many other organisations and local authorities acorss the country, are extremely concerned that this will create a significant new population of people who are homeless in our community. If asylum evictions resume, the people we work with would be unable to access support due to being subject to No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) conditions.
For people who have been refused asylum, this makes it extremely difficult to access Local Authority homelessness services and they cannot work or receive Universal Credit.
Together with many other organisations and Nottingham City Council we have worked hard to try and bring as many people as possible inside since the start of the pandemic. We are extremely concerned that people evicted from asylum accommodation in Nottingham will be left with no other choices than to sleep rough and will be at extreme risk of contracting COVID-19."
We were able to put forward some suggestions for action to Nadia: