Change to Biometrics Enrolment for DV survivors applying for indefinite leave to remain under the DV Rule.
From 26th May 2021, survivors who wish to and are eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain under the Domestic Violence Rule are no longer be able to enrol their biometrics at a Post Office. Instead, the Home Office expects them to attend one of seven UKVI “Service and Support Centre”. In Wales, the only centre is in Cardiff. The centres in England are located in Croydon, Liverpool, Sheffield, and Solihull.
Welsh Women’s Aid signed a joint letter from the VAWDASV sector, written by Southall Black Sisters (SBS), asking for these plans to be put on hold, pending consultation with specialist services. The Home Office refused this request and has made clear that it is proceeding with the changes.
You can read more on SBS’ Twitter feed
Read the Home Office’s response to SBS.
Project 17’s Emergency Hotel Fund extended to any homeless person with NRPF who is challenging a refusal of statutory support
The Emergency Hotel Fund covers the cost of up to 3 nights emergency accommodation where a family or individual is refused statutory support, leaving them homeless or with no safe accommodation available.
Previously, this fund was only available to those challenging refusals of support under section 17 of the Children Act 1989.
Read more about the eligibility criteria, and how to make referrals, on Project 17’s website: