Rough Sleeping

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Standing 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. Over 80 local authorities and homelessness organisations have joined the campaign – sign the pledge below to show your support.

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.   

We are urging the Government to scrap these damaging new rules immediately. And we have signed a joint statement with other homelessness organisations.

We are urging local authorities to retain their focus on supporting people out of homelessness by pledging not to refer people to the Home Office under these damaging Rules. We call on homelessness organisations and local authorities to use the form below to join our campaign

What you can do: 

  1. Sign up using the form for Homelessness organisations or Local authorities.  
  1. Show your support by displaying your pledge badge on social media and your website (for organisations and local authorities). 
  1. Spread the word – use our briefing to talk to commissioners, MPs and local councillors. 

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