New Clause 11 - Eligibility for housing and homelessness assistance

Part of Immigration Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 17th November 2015.

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Photo of Keir Starmer Keir Starmer Shadow Minister (Home Office) 10:30 am, 17th November 2015

I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

This is my final appearance on an amendment or new clause, and it is fitting that the new clause is a probing one. Concerns have been raised about eligibility for housing and homelessness assistance. As a result of changes to immigration law and practice, some young people in households with children given leave to remain in the UK that allows them to claim all relevant benefits have un- intentionally been made ineligible for local authority housing and homelessness services, leaving them disadvantaged and creating a problem for social services, which must house them in emergencies if housing departments cannot do so.

The intention behind the new clause is to avoid what is hopefully an unintended consequence. If a level of assurance can be given that that will not be a consequence, the new clause has no purpose.