Take action: Planned Legal Aid cuts and the Immigration Bill

26 January 2014: The Ministry of Justice is planning further cuts to legal aid. These include a ‘residence test’ which would prevent immigration detainees from accessing advice in very many situations. Under this test, the women in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre who recently reported alleged sexual abuse by guards would not be able to access legal aid to challenge their treatment. Read more here.

The Justice Alliance has organised a petition calling on the Government to halt their plans to cut legal aid. It already has over 10,300 signatures, and with your help can gather many more. Sign the petition here: http://chn.ge/1j6O2NF

Take Action – Immigration Bill

The Immigration Bill is a central plank of the Government’s bid to create a ‘hostile environment’ for undocumented migrants in the UK. It will be debated in the House of Commons on Thursday 30th January.

Please write to your MP drawing their attention to the grave impacts the Bill would have for immigration detainees. You can easily email your MP from this website: www.writetothem.com and we have created a model letter below, which you can copy and paste into your message. If you have time, please do adapt and personalise your message.