Migrants' Rights and Entitlements- COVID-19 GUIDANCE


COVID-19 Response Planning: Supporting Migrants with No Recourse to Public Funds

COSLA have produced a new framework to assist local authorities and their partners to support people with NRPF during the COVID-19 pandemic. It sets out the legal basis and other considerations for providing support during the response phase of the pandemic, with a specific focus on people with NRPF who are roofless/rough sleeping, or vulnerable from a safeguarding perspective




Letter from Local government Associations to Home Secretary on NRPF


On 08/04/2020 COSLA together with three other Local Government Associations wrote to the Home Secretary on issues with NRPF and COVID-19. 

In the light of the current crisis, the letter called for the following solutions:

  • ‘NRPF’ condition should suspension so that all migrants living in the UK can access benefits and public services.
  • Habitual Residence Test suspension so that EU migrants do not need to prove their ‘right to reside’ in order to access benefits such as Universal Credit
  • Lift of NHS charges.
  • Any additional measures designed to support the UK population should equally apply to everyone regardless of their immigration status.

In addition, COSLA is calling for the removal of the Scottish Welfare Fund from the list of ‘public funds’ as part of our long-standing call for the removal of NRPF conditions for the most vulnerable people in our communities. The Scottish Welfare Fund is increasingly being used as a key mechanism by which the Scottish Government channels emergency resources to local communities at this time. Removing it would assist us in dealing with the Covid-19 crisis across Scotland’s communities.

The full letter can be accessed HERE



Updated on 20/04/2020