Families with ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ (NRPF) are particularly vulnerable to multiple poverty-related risk factors.  Families with NRPF are ineligible to claim mainstream benefits, unable to access social housing and not permitted to work. This affects the ability of parents to care for their children, for example preventing access to a stable, predictable home environment.

It is very difficult to estimate the number of NRPF families in Hackney, as many remain unregistered and so do not appear in official local statistics.  Across England in 2009/10, 51 local authorities supported approximately 6,500 such families, at a cost of £46.5m. 2  However, this is likely to be a significant underestimate as these figures only cover families who have had contact with social services.B

Notes

  1. Those families who do approach social services may be entitled to assistance, which may include accommodation where the families include ‘children in need.’
  2. Those families who do approach social services may be entitled to assistance, which may include accommodation where the families include ‘children in need.’

References

  1. Islington Council, “NRPF Network – Social Services Support to People with No Recourse to Public Funds: A National Picture,” 2011
  2. Islington Council, “NRPF Network – Social Services Support to People with No Recourse to Public Funds: A National Picture,” 2011