I have repeatedly raised the issue of people who have been granted leave to remain in the UK but with no recourse to public funds. They are unable to claim any benefits or public funding.
I joined forces with Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP, Diane Abbott, to ask the Home Secretary to allow people unable to work during the COVID-19 pandemic to be able to claim benefits.
The Home Secretary is refusing to waive the restrictions. It means these people will have no access to Universal Credit, and risk destitution, if they lose their job due to lockdown.
The Government is passing the buck to local authorities who will have to use their already overloaded discretionary hardship funds to support these individuals.
I am working alongside the Shadow Home Secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, to continue to press the Government on this issue.