Project 17




Research Reports:

'Not Seen, Not Heard: Children's Experiences of the Hostile Environment' February 2019

Our latest report, Not Seen, Not Heard: Children's Experiences of the Hostile Environment, explores the challenges faced by children living in families with no recourse to public funds. We found that the barriers to accessing local authority support, and the failure to meet children's essential needs, has a significant emotional and physical impact on young people. The children we spoke to had been left street homeless, in inadequate or unsafe accommodation, and without enough money to eat. They told us that they were left feeling socially isolated, distressed, ashamed and unsafe. You can read the full report here.

''In the night we didn't know where we were going' - Project 17's Hotel Fund:Provision of emergency accommodation following a local authority refusal of support under section 17 Children Act 1989' - June 2018

We have written a report on the experiences of the families who have benefitted from Project 17's 'Hotel Fund', which has provided accommodation to families left street homeless following a local authority's refusal of support. 

The report investigates the material and psychological impact on children and families left street homeless by refusals of local authority support, and the difficulties faced by families seeking to challenge local authority refusals. We also detail our work engaging with five different local authorities (Southwark, Greenwich, Lewisham, Bexley and Lambeth) to raise concerns about the impact on families being left unsupported.




Project 17 opposes all charging for NHS care.

We view charging for healthcare as dangerous and unworkable. It creates public health risks as people without the funds to pay for treatment will delay getting help, leading to more costly emergency intervention, and potentially disastrous results for individuals.

Currently, everyone without leave to remain (except asylum seekers and refused asylum seekers in receipt of Home Office support) is chargeable for secondary healthcare provided by the NHS. Care that is deemed 'immediate and necessary' is provided first and then charged afterwards. Care that is not immediate and necessary must be paid for ahead of the treatment. This means, for example, that:

  • Families applying for leave to remain on human rights grounds - and waiting for their applications to be processed - can be charged. Immigration applications can often take years to process, and during that time it is accepted that applicants have a right to remain the UK to wait for the outcome
  • Parents of undocumented children over 3 months' old are charged for any care their children receive. This is the case even if the child was born in the UK and has never lived anywhere else
  • Women are charged for maternity care
  • Families in receipt of section 17 support are charged, even though they are likely to be destitute and unable to leave the UK

There is more information about the charging regime from the NRPF Network here

You can read our January 2017 response to this Department of Health consultation of exemptions from charging here.

You can read our December 2016 response to this Department of Health consultation on extending NHS charging to primary care here.


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