I Stand against the rough sleeping Immigration Rules
New changes to the Immigration Rules that make rough sleeping grounds for refusing or cancelling a person’s leave to remain in the UK will make the fight against homelessness more difficult than ever.
These potential changes are going to further damage a system that’s already broken. Rough sleeping is a symptom of something else. Just deporting people due to the failings of a broken system is just ridiculous.
This new policy will drive people who are already vulnerable – including victims of modern slavery – away from the support they need and will hamper efforts to end rough sleeping.
Government guidance places some limits on when the Rules should be applied, though these limitations are far from sufficient. The Guidance also highlights the central role the Home Office wants local authorities to play in implementing the Rules – including making proactive referrals.
Homelessness organisations and local authorities across England are standing against these damaging Rules and in solidarity with non-UK nationals who need our support. In doing so, we are standing for a trauma-informed, support-led homelessness system, that is trusted by everyone who needs it.