Funding boost for councils looking after asylum seeking children
GOV.UK – 8 May
Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes, has announced a funding boost of over £30 million for local authorities who look after unaccompanied asylum seeking children. Local authorities will now receive £114 for each child every day that they are in their care.
Home Office abandons six-month target for asylum claim decisions
The Guardian – 7 May
The Home Office has scrapped its six-month target for processing asylum claims, causing alarm amongst Human Rights lawyers that current waiting times would increase. At the end of 2017, 14,306 people waited longer than the six-month target, an increase of 25% on the previous year.
Inspection Report Published: An inspection of the EU Settlement Scheme
GOV.UK – 2 May
David Bolt, the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, has published a report on the EU Settlement Scheme, listing both the challenges and the opportunities. GOV.UK have published Bolt’s full comments, but some challenges mentioned include the practical element of processing the volume of applications.
Windrush scandal: MPs refer Home Office to equalities watchdog
BBC News – 1 May
The Home Office has been reported to the equalities watchdog, for discriminating against Windrush victims as part of their ‘hostile environment’ immigration policies. A number of victims were wrongly detained and deported and has been called ‘one of the gravest breaches of equality law and the rights of British citizens in recent memory’.