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274 MPs voted for the Government's proposed residence test on legal aid eligibility, 203 against
House of Commons Votes and Proceedings, 9 July 2014


The Azure payment card: the humanitarian cost of a cashless system
Red Cross, July 2014
This report uses qualitative and quantitative data to explore how well the azure card works. The Red Cross approached asylum seekers who have used the Azure card – and the organisations that support them


Crossing Borders
New Yorker, 28 July 2014

Republican congressmen and county sheriffs have referred to unaccompanied migrant children as possible predators, gang members, and bearers of the sorts of diseases that might have been found in the holds of nineteenth-century ships—as anything, really, but children

On the hispanic child migrant trail
Channel 4 blog, 24 July 2014
More than 50,000 children have made the journey without their parents from Central America into the United States since November

Home Office's 'flagship' £350m immigration computer system ditched
Telegraph, 22 July 2014

National Audit Office says IT contract failed to deliver, as it discloses backlogs are still a problem in the immigration service

One in five children’s social workers unaware of Children and Families Act changes, report finds
Community Care, 18 July 2014

A report conducted by the Victoria Climbié Foundation finds almost a fifth of children's social workers do not know about sweeping reforms to the adoption system

Plan to stop non-residents getting Legal Aid is unlawful, rules High Court
UK Human Rights blog, 15 July 2014

A rare three judge Divisional Court has held that the Government’s proposal to introduce a residence test for legal aid – where all applicants will have to prove 12 months continuous lawful residence in the UK – is both ultra vires and discriminatory

Legal aid residence test 'discriminatory and unlawful', high court rules
The Guardian, 15 July 2014
Setback for Chris Grayling as senior judges say refusing legal aid to non-residents does not help to target those most in need

Legal Aid residence test found unlawful. Big time.
Free Movement, 15 July 2014

The powerful judgment by Lord Justice Moses finds the residence test ultra vires (beyond the powers granted by Parliament) and unlawfully discriminatory

Residence Test – reprieve ordered by the court
Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, 15 July 2014

The Administrative Court, in a powerful judgment handed down today, has ruled the Legal Aid residence test is unlawful

Home Office accessing NHS records to help track down illegal immigrants
The Guardian, 13 July 2014
Patients' and migrants' rights groups express concern over use of little-noticed exemption in data protection rules

Legal aid vote puts vulnerable children at greater risk
The Children's Society, 10 July 2014

By voting to restrict legal aid only to people who have a "strong connection" with the UK undermines the government’s commitment to protect victims of trafficking under the Modern Slavery Bill

Asylum seekers' plea: Let Australians adopt our children
The Age, 10 July 2014

Pregnant asylum seeker women on Christmas Island pleaded with medical experts to adopt their children out to Australian families, as they became anxious about their future

Child migrants facing deportation denied basic rights, lawsuit claims
The Guardian, 9 July 2014

Campaigners led by ACLU say unaccompanied children have not been able to find lawyers and will not have a fair hearing

‘Flee or die’: violence drives Central America’s child migrants to US border
The Guardian, 9 July 2014

Obama heads to Texas as the mirage of an open door on the southern border triggers a political storm in Washington

Residence test shame
Law Gazette, 9 July 2014

Plans to impose a residence test on legal aid eligibility will impede the vulnerable and could even cost the government money. They should be voted down

UK Detention Inquiry: a step in the right direction
Open Democracy, 7 July 2014

A parliamentary inquiry, launched today, will hear from people directly affected by immigration detention. Will the mass incarceration of migrants finally be recognised as a political concern worthy of public scrutiny and debate, asks Eiri Ohtani

MPs to investigate treatment of asylum seekers in detention centres
The Independent, 6 July 2014

The inquiry was set up following claims of sexual abuse in centres such as Yarl's Wood in Bedfordshire

Residence Test for Legal Aid Will Deny Access to Justice
Huffington Post, 3 July 2014

Members of the House of Commons may possibly vote on regulations to bring in a residence test for legal aid in civil cases. If enacted, the test will inevitably lead to breaches by the UK of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Lonely voices of protest against anti-immigrant legal attack, 1 July 2014
The government is going to introduce a residence test for legal aid, so those who have been in the UK for less than a year will not be able to access it.  There's no evidence it's needed. There's not even any evidence it would save money



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