No Recourse to Public Funds

“No Recourse to Public Funds” refers to restrictions on public funding, such as unemployment and housing benefits, which are applied to women with insecure immigration status. This means that women who are in the UK legally (for example, on a spousal visa) are not eligible for public funds if they are escaping domestic violence.

We are asking the government to exempt women experiencing violence from “no recourse” restrictions, as it is not only inhumane but in violation of international law. If you believe that women suffering from violence should be supported rather than abandonned, join our campaign!

To get involved…

  • Join the protest on Saturday 29th November at 11am on Market Square in front of the Guildhall (details below).
  • contact womens [at] cusu.cam.ac.uk to join the Stop Violence Against Women Committee
  • check out Amnesty’s campaign on No Recourse
  • sign up for staffing a stall during SVAW week to sell white ribbons and collect signatures for the No Recourse petition. (womens [at] cusu.cam.ac.uk)
  • Come to the No Recourse talk by Liz McKean on Thursday 27th November at the Law Faculty.

No Recourse to Public Funding Protest Action

29th November, SaturdayNo Recourse

Assemble at 11am in Market Square, with a speech by Richard Howitt, MEP for East Anglia, and a strong, visible presence in protest at No Recourse restrictions. We will continue to distribute information from our stall in front of the Guildhall until 3pm.

There will be an action to draw attention to the gross injustice perpetuated by the No Recourse to Public Funds requirements in immigration policy, which prevent women with insecure immigration status from accessing public housing or benefits, which are necessary in order to escape domestic violence. 

For further details, or to get involved, contact Truus at truusabbink [at] yahoo [dot] com or Anna at 01223 891 770.

SIGN UP for the action!

We need people to demonstrate (for the first half hour: holding placards), and to distribute information/ask people to fill out cards voicing their concern. There will be a briefing document sent to volunteers and posted on this website with all the information about No Recourse that you need.

Please email womens [at] cusu.cam.ac.uk with the slots you’d like to sign up for.

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SPREAD THE WORD

Print out posters and A6 leaflets for the No Recourse protest and put them up in your college/department/hovel/haunts.

TAKE ACTION: Write your representatives voicing your concern over No Recourse restrictions.

Model Letter

David Howarth is:

David Howarth MP
House of Commons
London
SW1A 0AA

by phone…
01223 304421

by email…
howarth.casework [at] gmail. com

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