Advice on Welfare Rights R2R and HRT

Somerset County Council has funded second year project through The CIO Diversity Voice in the financial year 2015-2016. The projects will support parents with children who access early years settings and failed  Right to Reside Test and Habitualy Residency Test.

This test stops parents accessing social security benefits. The Central Goverment has introduced new rules for R2R and HRT, which might lead to situation, where family might be exempt from R2R and HRT, however due to very complicated legal process they might not be able to provide enough evidence. Our support will be to meet parents with the interpreter when is neccessery and support appeal process with advise what to do in the mean time.

The CIO Diversity Voice previously MECA has run number number of trainings for profesionals Right to Reside and Habitually Residency Test. If you are professional and you would like to attend training we would be more than happy to run it for you inhouse. We would need to have at least 10 learners for the training. 

To access our service please just e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with contact details of your service, description of the problem, contact details of the family and we will contact you in the next 10 working days.

Self Referals welcome too. Please note that service is funded for families with children  0-16 years old. There is restricted funding for this work but we will be able to inform you about your entitlment.

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