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In order to significantly reduce pressures on councils arising from the provision of accommodation and financial support to people with no recourse to public funds, the following changes are required:

  • Central government to cover the full costs for councils when social care duties are engaged to provide accommodation and financial support to families and adults with no recourse to public funds
  • The Home Office conducts a one-off exercise to clear the backlog of long-standing cases recorded on NRPF Connect by granting leave to remain to people being provided with accommodation and/or financial support
  • The Home Office implements policy and procedural changes to ensure that councils only need to provide short-term support interventions when social care duties are engaged

In this section we set out what the issues are for councils, how the government can reduce cost impacts for councils if the necessary change is not forthcoming, and what we are doing to help achieve change.