Fund title: Controlling Migration Fund

Focus of fund/fund aims:

For activities to reduce pressure on local services in areas where there are large numbers of recent migrants

Application deadline:

No formal deadlines

Fund description:

English local authorities can apply to the Controlling Migration Fund to support activity that helps to ease pressure on local services in areas experiencing a high volume of immigration.

£25 million is available in each of the four years from 2016-17 to 2019-20 to mitigate negative impacts on the provision of local services linked to recent migration. This will be focussed on benefitting the established resident community but will also include supporting wider community cohesion and the integration of recent migrants who are here legitimately.

Where councils recognise that the established resident community within their area has been in some way affected by recent migration, either legitimate or illegal, they are invited to put forward a bid to the fund. The proposal should set out the issue, with evidence, and the action that the council wishes to take. Examples of eligible activities include building community cohesion and encouraging integration, tackling the increase in rough sleeping by non-UK nationals or tackling rogue landlords.

Where appropriate councils are encouraged to work in partnership with other councils, other public sector organisations or the voluntary and community sector.

There is an additional element to the fund worth £40m to direct enforcement action against people in the UK illegally in order to reduce the pressure on local areas. Local authorities should make contact with Immigration Compliance and Enforcement (ICE) for advice on this area of activity and support can be made available through the fund where appropriate.

Further information:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/controlling-migration-fund-prospectus