Support provided to people with No Recourse to Public Funds

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Dear Merton Borough Council,

Please provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I am seeking information about the support provided by the council to people who have ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ (NRPF) status, assigned to those subject to immigration control (e.g. those on temporary visas, those with a pending visa application, those who do not have any immigration status), which excludes them from mainstream welfare benefits and housing support. People with NRPF are entitled to support from Local Authorities in certain circumstances to avoid destitution, where there is a child in need, and / or because of complex health needs (under Children Act 1989, Care Act 2014 and / or Human Rights Act).

I am requesting data from two-time periods (January-June 2017 and January-June 2018). I am aware that in cases where gathering data to fully respond to a Freedom of Information request would exceed the allowable time limit or cost, authorities are not required to work up to these limits (that is, they are not required to partially respond and provide as much data as the limit allows). However, I ask that if providing data for both time periods will exceed the limit, that you please just provide data for the single time period January-June 2018, in accordance with Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 that states authorities have a duty to provide assistance to those making a request.

I suggest this FOI request is forwarded to the council’s dedicated NRPF Team, or if your council does not have a dedicated NRPF Team, to Children’s Services. Many thanks in advance for your assistance with this matter.

Please provide data for the following questions:

1. How many requests for support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 did the council receive from families where the parent(s) had ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ (NRPF) status in the following six-month periods:

a. January – June 2018
b. January – June 2017

2. How many Child in Need Assessments were conducted by the council in response to requests for support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 from families where the parent(s) had ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ (NRPF) status in the following six-month periods:

a. January – June 2018
b. January – June 2017

3. How many requests for support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 from families where the parent(s) had ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ (NRPF) status were granted (that is, the family went on to receive social services support) in the following six-month periods:

a. January – June 2018
b. January – June 2017

4. How many requests for support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 from families where the parent had ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ (NRPF) status were refused for the following reasons, during the period January-June 2018:

a. The parents’ immigration status
b. The family was not ordinarily resident in the borough
c. The family was deemed not destitute / the child(ren) was not ‘in need’ under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989.

Yours faithfully,

Anna Mulcahy

foi, Merton Borough Council

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Michael Cook, Merton Borough Council

Dear Ms Mulcahy,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations
2004 Information request F11635

 

We have now considered your information request as set out below. 

 

You asked:

1.    The number of requests for support under S17 of the Children Act
1989 that the council received from families where the parents had No
recourse to public funds in the following six month periods

A January – June 2018

B January – June 2017 -

 

We are not currently able to report on this at this stage due to a change
in Children’s Social Care System.

 

 

1.    How many child in need assessments were conducted by the council in
response to request for support under S17 of the Children Act 1989 from
families where the parent (s) had No Recourse to public funds status in
the following six month periods ?

A January – June 2018  -  8

B January – June 2017  -  7

 

2.    How many requests for support under S17 of the Children Act 1989
from families where  the parents had NRPF status were granted that is went
on to receive support in the following six month periods

A January – June 2018  -  7

B January – June 2017  -  7

 

 

3.    How many requests for support under S17 of the Children Act 1989
from families where the parents had NRPF status were refused for the
following reasons during the period January – June 2018

 

A The parents immigration status

Assessments are  not refused based on immigration status.  Once an
assessment is completed a decision is made as to whether the child is
considered to be a child in need regardless of the parents immigration
status.

 

B  The family was not ordinarily resident in the borough

Where appropriate an assessment is undertaken based on where the child
lives..

 

C  The family was deemed not destitute /the child( ren ) was not in need
under S17 of the Children Act

I am not able to provide this information at this time due to changes in
our children’s services system.

 

If you have any queries or concerns about this please contact me.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request please contact
The Head of Information Governance at Merton Council, Civic Centre,
Morden, SM4 5DX or e-mail [1][Merton Borough Council request email]

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint,
you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

 

The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Telephone:0303 123 1113

 

Website: [2]www.ico.org.uk

 

There is no charge for making an appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Nicole Miller

 

Head of Service for MASH and First Response

11th Floor, Civic Centre

London Road

Morden

SM4 5DX

Tel No: 0208 545 3901

 

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