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Over the past 20 years or so the issue of immigration status has become increasingly relevant to a person’s entitlement to local authority support, and to the powers and duties of a local authority to provide services. This development spans a range of local government services including housing, children’s services, support to former looked after children, and adult social care.
At the same time, the Immigration Rules have been the subject of numerous revisions, and the status of European Union nationals has ceased to be governed by the EU Treaties, but has become regulated by national legislation and policy. Understanding a person’s immigration status, and its impact on access to services, involves navigating a complex set of legislative provisions, including the obligations upon public bodies of compliance with the Human Rights Act 1998.
This book aims to offer practical support to identify the local authority powers and duties which are affected by immigration status and to navigate the impact of such status on the provision of support across the areas of adult social care, children’s social care and housing assistance. It identifies the provisions by which central government supports persons from abroad (including support for asylum seekers and failed asylum seekers) and considers the impact of central government support upon local authority powers and duties. Its purpose is to link legislation, case law, statutory and non-statutory guidance and case law to assist those advising applicants as to their ability to access services and to assist local authorities to identify where their powers and duties lie.