“In 2020, we temporarily extended free school meal eligibility to include some children of groups who have NPRF. I am pleased to confirm that, following a cross-government review, we will permanently extend eligibility for free school meals to children from all families with NRPF, subject to the income thresholds as follows” Will Quince.
No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) dictates that anyone ‘subject to immigration control’ has NRPF and therefore, cannot access ‘public funds’.
In a landmark win for migrants rights campaigners, the Department for Education has announced that they will extend access to Free School Meals to all families affected by NRPF. We have also toured with Hostile for three months up and down the country talking about this very point and asking individuals to join our campaign and write to their MP’s. We are so pleased that there has been a breakthrough in this issue.
Our impact campaign has focused on challenging No Recourse to Public Funds, and we are pleased that this is a step in the right direction for improving the lives of people who are migrants in this country. We firmly believe that migrants should be able to access the welfare safety net and should not have to be facing destitution before they can apply for help.
A big congratulations to all of the migrants rights organisations across the country who have been tirelessly campaigning. The battle for migrants rights continues in this country and we hope that this landmark decision will influence further change in the NRPF policy that is affecting the lives of so many people in the UK. Around 1.4million people are affected by NRPF, with an estimated 170,000 being children.
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