Jesuit works join call for funding for homeless and migrant’s post-lockdown
In this special report, BBC2's Newsnight heard from Fr Dominic Robinson of Farm Street Church talk about the crisis facing unemployed and homeless people after the pandemic.
Speaking from the Central London Catholic Churches’ refreshment hub in Trafalgar Square, Fr Dominic said: "We are seeing more and more people who have lost their jobs in all sorts of places, a lot from the hospitality sector. This is a crisis that isn't going to go away."
Sarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service UK, which is continuing to distribute emergency food parcels to the homeless appealed to the government to lift its ban on funding to support people with irregular immigration status: "I want the No Recourse to Public Funds restrictions lifted in order to ensure that individuals are kept safe and that wider public health is protected."
They are among those campaigning to have No Recourse To Public Funds restrictions lifted so that people who need emergency housing in the pandemic can be housed safely, regardless of their immigration status.
As Cardinal Nichols explained in his interview in the same section of the programme: “We need to respond to that humanity in front of us, recognising the innate dignity of each person and not simply consign them into an abyss.”
Jesuit, Richard Webster [leftt] and a volunteer pack emergency food parcels at JRS headquarters in Wapping
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