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NRPF Connect is the national database for councils to record details of households with no recourse to public funds that are being provided with accommodation and/or financial support by social services.

This report is based on an analysis of the collective data provided by 72 councils that were using the database during the financial year 2021-2022.

The data continues to demonstrate that councils in England and Scotland play an essential role in safeguarding the welfare of destitute families, care leavers and adults with care needs, who are excluded from mainstream benefits due to their immigration status. As in 2020-2021, the data reflects the significant financial impact on councils when providing required financial support to people who do not have access to benefits and who also have complex immigration cases that need to be resolved. Routes out-of-support are being achieved through specialist casework interventions, with many people obtaining leave to remain, but the time taken to achieve this outcome is increasing.

The 2021-2022 data report presents the headline figures nationally and regionally with an analysis of the trends. Recommendations to help reduce cost pressures on local government and to improve service planning are informed by the current dataset and build on the recommendations made following the 2020-2021 data report.