Elected Member Briefing Note: Ending Destitution for People with No Recourse to Public Funds

November 2023

COSLA has developed an Elected Members Briefing in partnership with the Improvement Service and Scottish Government, which briefs elected members on how No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) conditions are applied and the increased risks of destitution facing people with NRPF.

The Scottish Government and COSLA share a joint commitment to mitigate the impact of NRPF conditions, including the increased risk of destitution, via the joint Ending Destitution Together (EDT) Strategy. The strategy (2021-24) sets out a cross-sector approach to enhancing supports which mitigate destitution and associated harms.

This new Elected Members briefing provides members with information on the impact of NRPF conditions upon people and communities and highlights the critical role members can play in raising awareness and supporting people at risk of destitution. It is also intended as a legacy resource for councils including local authority frontline teams supporting people with NRPF.