[UK] Scrap rule that has left 1m migrant workers at risk of destitution, say MPs
Immigration rules that have left 1 million migrant workers in the UK at risk of destitution because they cannot claim universal credit should be suspended on public health grounds during the pandemic, a cross-party group of MPs has recommended.
The work and pensions select committee said the no recourse to public funds (NRPF) rule – which hit the headlines recently when Boris Johnson appeared not to be aware of its existence – meant many foreign nationals faced a choice of staying at home in hardship or going to work and risking catching or spreading the virus.
Writer: Patrick Butler
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