Let British children access basic benefits

Let British children access basic benefits

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Abiola Dina started this petition to Boris Johnson (Prime Minister) and

British children in poverty denied basic benefits by Home Office, report finds.

Policy of no recourse to public funds for some immigrants makes their children second-class citizens, says study charity Unity Project.

An immigration policy that denies British children access to basic support has turned them into second-class citizens and is leading to malnourishment, sickness and a range of mental health problems, according to new research.

The little-known policy – no recourse to public funds (NRPF)– was widened by Theresa May in 2012 when she was home secretary to cover more categories of migrants. It not only denies benefits and support to those the Home Office wants to return to their home countries, but even to some people who are granted permission to live and work in the UK.

The report by the charity Unity Project, has highlighted that in many cases this means that British children living in poverty – who may even have a British parent – are being denied access to crucial benefits, including social housing and free school meals.

The British children’s nationality is often the result of having one British parent – who in many cases may no longer be present in the household or supporting the child. Because only adults can claim public funds, they are excluded from most benefits by their parents’ status.

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