Annual Reports

Children with No Recourse to Public Funds: the need for free school meals (2020)

Free school meals are essential to protect vulnerable children from hunger. All children from low income families, regardless of immigration status, should be able to rely on the vital support of the free school meals system, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. This report is based on HMC’s work with low-income families with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) conditions, revised to also explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Since publication, the DfE has extended free school meals provision to families receiving S4 support and some families with NRPF, while schools are closed. The income threshold for free school meals (£616 per month) for families with NRPF is significantly lower than for everyone else and undocumented children continue to be excluded.

Section 17 – A Guide for Families (2019)

Section 17 can ensure destitute families receive support with accommodation and living costs. However, for migrant families there are many hurdles to accessing support. Assessments can take up to 45 days. Many are asked intrusive questions and treated with suspicion.

This Guide was produced collaboratively by families with experience of requesting Section 17 Support from social services, and groups supporting families to access support from social services.

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A Place to Call Home (2015)

This report reviews standards of accommodation and the degree of support provided to children whose families are in need of assistance provided by social services, particularly for those families who need to resolve their immigration status or who are subject to a ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF) restriction.

It was commissioned by Hackney Community Law Centre and Hackney Migrant Centre, and funded by Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants.

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People in Transition (2014)

This booklet provides stories of the experiences of some of our visitors. It is intended to illustrate the kinds of cases that HMC advisers and volunteers deal with each week.

Several of the stories demonstrate how irregular or uncertain immigration status creates many other problems and can often lead to destitution and homelessness.

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Living in Hackney: local voices on diversity and community solidarity (2014)

This booklet contains findings from research conducted by Hackney Migrant Centre on growth, change and cohesion in Hackney, funded by Hackney CVS. It draws on six weeks qualitative research in Hackney, using focus groups and in-depth interviews with professionals and local people.

It includes reflections from staff, volunteers and refugee women at Hackney Migrant Centre and North London Action for the Homeless.

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