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Immigration Health Surcharge: common casework questions, House of Commons Library, 6 August 2015



‘We can’t go back’: families seeking asylum fear destitution
The Guardian, 19 August 2015

Government proposals to remove support from asylum seekers with children are unlikely to persuade families to leave, but will cause homelessness and destitutionhould not normally be detained.

Britain's immigration hysteria is hindering the progress of our best pupils
The Independent, 16 August 2015

Hundreds are being blocked from university because they are not technically citizens

UK prisons inspector seeks time limits on detention of migrants without trial
The Guardian, 12 August 2015

The chief inspector of prisons discovered 99 pregnant women had been held in the Bthe Serco-run Yarl’s Wood centre in 2014, of whom only nine were removed from the UK. 

Using destitution as deterrence - the implications of Government changes to asylum support for children
Coram Children's Legal Centre, 10 August 2015

CCLC examines how the government's changes to asylum support will push more children into poverty while not guaranteeing that more people leave the UK

'Cruel' cuts to asylum-seekers' support payments will push children into poverty, claim charities
The Independent, 10 August 2015

Charities have joined forces to claim the cuts would make it almost impossible for refugees to afford to feed and clothe their families

Kids Company’s demise speaks volumes about how Britain is run
The Guardian, 6 August 2015

Lawyers' letter to the Guardian highlighting that the closure of Kids Company means thousands of children will be denied access to justice

Calais migrants' stories speak to a wider truth
The Guardian, 6 August 2015

The Chief Executive of Save the Children UK argues that UK 'could take in at least 1,500 of the most vulnerable unaccompanied children currently adrift in Italy & Greece'

Families of failed asylum seekers to be stripped of automatic right to financial support
The Guardian, 4 August 2015

Home Office ministers to adopt more hardline approach to those who have exhausted appeal rights, to demonstrate that UK is not ‘land of milk and honey’

Number of lone child asylum-seekers in Britain soars by almost 50% in a year as councils struggle to cope
The Daily Mail, 3 August 2015

1,986 unaccompanied children claimed asylum in the year to March 2015. Council leaders warn of an 'enormous strain' on children's social services

Concerns raised over plan to strip failed asylum seeker families of benefits
The Guardian, 2 August 2015
Home Office accused of ‘morally reprehensible’ action over plan to remove automatic right to benefits from families who are refused asylum

Kent social services struggling to cope with children seeking asylum
The Guardian, 31 July 2015

Council appeals to Home Office for urgent help with £5.5m funding shortfall as rise of number of under-18s needing foster care more than doubles in year

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