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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5O-01926
Asked by: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 14 March 2018

Question

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its housing policy as it relates to homeless non-UK EU nationals in Scotland.

Current status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 21 March 2018


Answer

Immigration, including determining the status and capacity of homeless non UK EU nationals to access housing or receive homelessness assistance, is a matter reserved to the UK Government.

Certain non-UK nationals have the same access to housing and homelessness assistance as UK nationals. Under UK Government immigration laws – some non UK EU nationals have no recourse to public funds (NRPF) and as a result are not able to access social housing or homelessness assistance and cannot claim most benefits or tax credits that are paid by the state.