Claudia Webbe MP calls for end to NRPF status

12 August 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Claudia Webbe MP calls for end to NRPF status

Claudia Webbe, Member of Parliament for Leicester East, has today written to Priti Patel, Secretary of State for Home Affairs, urging the government, as the UK faces the greatest ever recession, to end the No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) immigration status.

The letter (attached) draws attention to the fact that recent Home Office statistics show that the number of migrants with NRPF applying for destitution funds dramatically increased by 572% during the coronavirus crisis.

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Asylum seekers remain at heightened risk of contracting Covid without stronger action from the Home Office

28 July 2020: Home Affairs Committee publishes a report on Home Office preparedness for Covid-19: institutional accommodation

[Comment: so many issues of concern, for example: the use of immigration detention – renewed call for 28 day limit; strong criticism on many levels of decisions made by housing providers to move people into ‘hotel’ accommodation and take away their personal allowance; the need for proper safeguarding, risk assessment, and impact on mental health in relation to people in multi-occupation accommodation; difficulties experienced in remaining safe in multi-occupation units for people themselves and in relation to others around them – and strong criticism of putting two strangers in one room; lack of provision of internet to enable people to access information, consult GPs etc.; lack of provision of sanitising and other products or increase in allowance to enable people to buy these themselves.

Please read the summary and conclusions/recommendations below to get some idea of what people in the asylum system have been experiencing … The coronavirus is with us for the long term. If Leave to Remain were given to all undocumented people and those in the legal process, provision would be made to enable them to able to access the services they need, and these problems would not continue going forward: http://statusnow4all.org

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Wake Up Call report

42 organisations have co-published Wake Up Call – a new report that sets out the chronic failings in the introduction of the new asylum support and accommodation contracts; and the severe consequences for people seeking asylum.

The report draws on collective evidence submitted to the National Audit Office (NAO) investigation into the contracts, the findings of which are also published  and are covered in media outlets including The Independent.

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Glasgow Refugees for Justice manifesto

Manifesto 30 June 2020: We are grieving for Glasgow, for the lives that have been lost, for our fellow citizens who have sustained awful injuries, for our fellow refugees and asylum seekers, for our City. But we saw this coming. We saw this coming, and this makes the pain unbearable.


We are a group of refugees and asylum seekers in Glasgow, with a simple, but very important question, to which we demand full answer: [See full manifesto here: https://refugeesforjustice.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Refugees-for-Justice-Manifesto-30-June-2020-1.pdf]

MPs vote against the bid to introduce 28 day limit to immigration detention and family reunion for children

Independent 30.6.2020: Senior Tories have failed in their bid to try to force the government to end indefinite detention for those held in UK immigration centres.

Former cabinet minister David Davis had warned the current law flies in the face of British justice.

Victims of human trafficking, torture, rape, forced prostitution and modern slavery are being locked up rather than helped when they arrive in the UK, he said.

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Put 28 day limit on immigration detention

Please ask your MP to support this Clause, which creates a maximum time limit of 28 days on immigration detention, to replace the current situation where people are detained indefinitely:

Consideration of Bill (Report Stage): 26 June 2020 5 Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill

To move the following Clause— “Time limit on immigration detention 

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Early Day Motion EDM#658 Leave to Remain status

Please ask your MP to support EDM #658.

We have an urgent request: the call for Status Now for All is being carried into Parliament in an Early Day Motion – EDM #658 as follows:

EDM #658 – LEAVE TO REMAIN STATUS

​That this House notes that there are currently an unknown number of persons in the UK who are not citizens of the UK and who do not at present have leave to remain in this country, who lack any entitlement to support from the state and are therefore entirely without funds to feed, clothe and house themselves and their families and who are unable to comply with government guidance on self-isolation and social distancing; and considers it essential that the government takes immediate action to ensure that leave to remain in the United Kingdom is granted to all such persons who are within the UK but are not citizens, irrespective of their nationality or immigration status, so that they can access healthcare, food and housing to enable them to adhere to government advice on social distancing, and to ensure the health of themselves and their families as well as helping protect the health of all of us.

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UK Border Force short-term holding facilities – urgent improvements needed

Read the report: UK Border Force short-term holding facilities

The first national inspection of UK Border Force-run short-term holding facilities (STHFs) found detainees were often held in very poor conditions that embarrassed local staff trying to deliver respectful detention.

At a national level, Border Force, part of the Home Office, in an “alarming” lack of oversight, could not tell HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMI Prisons) how many facilities it ran or for how long detainees, including children, had been held. Inspectors found that a pregnant woman had been held for more than 27 hours with “little meaningful engagement” and that in some cases children were routinely handcuffed. Overall, though, inspectors noted that staff interactions with detainees were mostly polite, courteous and respectful.

Read more: https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmiprisons/media/press-releases/2020/06/uk-border-force-short-term-holding-facilities-urgent-improvements-needed/

World Refugee Day: plea to give sanctuary to child refugees

Quaker.org.uk: Quakers are among more than 250 faith leaders who have written an open letter to the Prime Minister, asking him to commit to offering child refugees a safe route to asylum in the UK.

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The signatories to the letter include the former Archbishop of Canterbury and Church of England bishops, the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, rabbis representing Reform, Liberal and other Jewish denominations, the former president of the Hindu Forum of Europe, the lead Catholic Bishop for Migrants and Refugees plus numerous senior leaders from the Baptist, Methodist, United Reformed, Salvation Army and Quaker traditions across the UK.

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“Beyond Belief” – Home Office Asylum Interviews Reveal a Culture Tainted by Prejudgement

“Beyond Belief” – Home Office Asylum Interviews Reveal a  Culture Tainted by Prejudgement Freedom from Torture today publishes a new report on the experience of the asylum interview for torture survivors seeking asylum in the UK. The report argues that the Home Office repeatedly breaches its own guidelines, and calls for a fundamental culture change.

Key findings: – Arriving in Britain, traumatised from torture and sexual violence, as well as a harrowing journey, survivors are often prevented from giving a full account of their experiences or are denied the opportunity to explain the relevance of their evidence. The Home Office fails to follow its own guidance and aspiration to create a ‘positive and secure environment’ for the survivor.

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