A new policy and research briefing for the Inclusive Cities programme analyses the impact of COVID-19 on people subject to the No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) condition and the consequences for local authority provision in the context of their work on integration and inclusion.
The 12 UK Inclusive Cities identified NRPF as a key policy challenge for integration and inclusion in their post COVID planning.
The brief collates existing research findings and feedback from the cities to understand:
Analysis of the impact of the COVID pandemic looks at the risk of both contracting COVID-19 and having worse clinical outcomes following COVID-19 infection, but also of indirect health impacts due to the pandemic and the likelihood of facing more severe socioeconomic consequences as a result of the pandemic. The analysis highlights significant risks in relation to the role of inadequate and overcrowded accommodation as well as concerns over access to health care. This is compounded by the research evidence on disproportionate impacts of COVID for BME communities and the significant role of destitution within the NRPF cohort.
The analysis then looks at the consequences for local authorities setting out a number of potential changes in groups requiring support as a result of the pandemic, including:
The briefing outlines the policy consequences and implications for local authorities in a number of areas including:
Each of the 12 participating local authorities is using the briefing to feed into wider action planning, as set out in the Inclusive Cities Framework – which provides guidance for local authorities in setting out their approach to integration and inclusion at the local level. Work on NRPF supports their action to mainstream and build inclusive public services throughout the city through developing services which are inclusive by default, working to provide equitable access to services for all newcomers where ever this is within the capacity of the local authority.
The NRPF briefing is the first in a series of new briefings which look at how local authorities are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of integration and inclusion.
The Inclusive Cities COVID-19 Research and Policy Briefings which are produced under the Inclusive Cities programme as part of its response to COVID-19.
Coronavirus, health, integration