Sajid Javid to consider ending indefinite immigration detention
The Guardian – 24 July
Following the publication of a highly critical report of conditions in immigration detention, Sajid Javid has announced that he will consider ending indefinite immigration detention. Javid has commented that there would be an immediate stop to holding three detainees in rooms only meant for two, and the government would be looking into alternatives to detention.
NHS workers and students to trial EU Settlement Scheme
Gov.UK – 20 July
A private pilot of the new application process for the EU Settlement Scheme will be available to NHS workers, university staff and students in the North West of England. Applications for settled status can be made through the new digital process, and will allow developers to test the scheme before it is fully rolled out to the public at the end of 2018.
Windrush scandal: Compensation could be capped under proposed scheme
BBC News – 19 July
The Home Office has stated that compensation to Windrush victims could be capped as a 12-week consultation on the compensation scheme begins. In the recent scandal, numerous immigrants were threatened with deportation, refused treatment on the NHS and lost their jobs, which has left some destitute.
UK: Windrush review fails to address 'hostile' immigration policy
Amnesty – 19 July
Amnesty International UK’s Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme Director, Steve Valdez-Symonds, has responded to the Government’s recent Windrush review report. Valdez-Symonds comments that by confining the lessons the Government has learned to the Windrush generation, ‘the Government is again refusing to recognise the many other people harmed by the same powers and policies’.