Glasgow Night Shelter is a proud member of the Everyone Home collective.
Everyone Home is a collective of 29 (and growing) third and academic sector organisations that have come together during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the progress that’s been made and to protect the principles that must now guide next steps.
So far the Everyone Home collective have published two route maps, the second details Scotland’s ambition to end destitution and protect Human Rights.
People matter. Some people are more exposed to a range of trauma and harm as a result of the circumstances they were born into. Some of the most harrowing experiences are lived by people from parts of the world where they are no longer safe and who ask from Scotland a place of safety, peace of mind and the opportunity to put their knowledge and skills to good use.
For others from across Europe who want to make Scotland their home, we can protect them from homelessness, exploitation and destitution by enabling the advice and support to formally settle here and to get on with building and living their lives.
Together, we can create a helping environment instead of a hostile one. One which trusts the judgement and resilience of people who want to remain in Scotland, and which enables as much dignity, choice and control while that request is legally confirmed. This is our ambition for people who are straddling two worlds, with their future in other people’s hands, but with the resolute certainty that they want to belong to Scotland.
This ambition is shared by the Everyone Home collective, Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA). We have agreed to work together to:
1) Develop a human rights-based pathway to safe accommodation and support for people who are destitute with no recourse to public funds (NRPF).
2) Identify innovative funding and delivery models for testing and implementing the pathways across Scotland.
3) Continue to call on the UK Government for the policy changes needed to ensure that there are no gaps in the legal framework for people seeking asylum and settled status in Scotland.
Having no recourse to public funds is for most people a temporary experience. This route map aims to mitigate the damaging impact of that experience until (i) status is legally resolved to gain or re-gain access to public funds or (ii) reconnection with a person’s country of origin is made, with a forward plan in place to ensure destitution is not experienced in another place.
However, the need for the urgent mitigating action as outlined in this route map is caused by legislation and a suite of policies that could be remedied by the UK Government. In this route map, we set out the UK policy changes needed, along with some considerations on the scope of devolved powers in Scotland where there is currently countering legal opinion on this issue.
Tell us what you think
Until the end of September 2020 we are consulting widely on this route-map. We need your unique insight and feedback so that we can improve and deliver this ambitious new approach. Together, we can end destitution in Scotland.