Many thanks, and best wishes,
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Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP
Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor
Ministry of Justice
102 Petty France
London SW1H 0AL
Dear Mr Clarke,
I have recently learnt from (Insert publication/website/person you heard it from here) about the possible closure of Refugee and Migrant Justice due to bureaucratic rules that result in late payment by the Legal Services Commission.
No charity can be expected to wait many months, even years for payment. Refugee and Migrant Justice provides an excellent service to asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants with the greatest needs and this is putting that service under threat.
If RMJ has to close, I understand this will lead to more than 10,000 people being left without legal representation and this could cause chaos in the asylum system. Lives will be put at risk and there are likely to be many more miscarriages of justice, which are already common.
(Please insert any personal reasons you might have for wanting to save RMJ from closure)
With that in mind I beg you to consider urgently paying this very important charity what it is due or to make interest free loans available to make up the difference. I appreciate that public finances are under pressure but understand the Government is committed to a fundamental review of legal aid. This is the perfect opportunity to cut out inefficiency and pay providers like RMJ fairly and promptly.
I hope you will take this matter seriously and I look forward to hearing of your immediate actions.
Cc Damian Green MP, Minister for Immigration, Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1 4DF c/o Emily.Warren2@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
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