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Asylum Matters Advocacy and Campaigning – 21st May 2024

Advocacy and campaigning initiatives Rwanda and the Illegal Migration Act The Rwanda policy took another upsetting turn with the Home Office issuing new guidance which expands the group of people who can be removed to Rwanda to include anyone whose asylum claim has been refused, withdrawn or treated as withdrawn and don’t have an ongoing […]

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Asylum Matters Advocacy Update – 2nd May 2024

Advocacy and campaigning initiatives Rwanda The Safety of Rwanda Bill has been passed and government announced plans to begin the preparations for deportations with an expectation that flights would leave in 10-12 weeks. Sunday saw the government announce that arrests will commence, with commentary suggesting this has been timed around the Local Elections.  It has […]

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Increased charges for not-for-profits who provide OISC regulated immigration services – a consultation. Yay!? or nay!?

There is currently a consultation taking place on proposed changes to the Fee Structures for OISC Regulated immigration advice services. Many organisations here in Leeds may be concerned by the increase in cost for non-fee charging sector (These are the OISC regulated providers that do not charge a fee for providing immigration advice). The Freedom […]

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Are you a volunteer helping new refugees find somewhere to stay? Free training: Friday 26th April 2024 14:15 – 16:15

Leeds Housing Options and RETAS are holding a training session aimed at volunteers who are helping refugees to find accommodation in Leeds.  Numbers are extremely limited, so if you would like to book a place click here  It’s being held at the offices of Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network. For more information/details please contact [email protected]

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Update from Asylum matters and NACCOM – briefing for Local Authoritiesm, April 24

The Illegal Migration Act has barely been enacted, yet. This excellent briefing from Asylum Matters and NACCOM is aimed at Local Authorities, but it’s an excellent statement of where we’re at, and what we still need to prepare for. (Unless we can persuade our politicians to change the law. It’s happened before.)   

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Asylum Matters, Advocacy and Campagning Update – April 19th 2024

Advocacy and campaigning initiatives Rwanda The Safety of Rwanda Bill has been back in Parliament this week. With the Bill being debated twice in the Lords and the Commons. The Lords amendments have now been reduced to two; one exempting people that have served alongside UK Military from removal to Rwanda, and one requiring a […]

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Asylum Statistics, March 24 – House of Commons Library research briefing

Here’s a comprehensive digest of the reported numbers of people seeking refuge in the UK. https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn01403/ It’s a really good and accessible guide btw, and there’s a helpful summary on the front page if the full 36 page report feels a bit daunting.   Importantly, the numbers and stats in these briefings (prepared by Civil Servants) […]

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Government consultation on reforms to social housing allocations – closes 27th March 2024

As referenced in the Asylum Matters Update on 13.02.24 the Government has launched a consultation on proposals to amend social housing rules, including on a proposed ‘UK connection test’ where a person would have to demonstrate their connection to the UK by being lawfully resident for ten years before being allocated social housing. The consultation […]

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Leeds City Council Consultation: Housing Lettings Policy – closes 28th March 2024

Leeds City Council are consulting on the proposed changed to the lettings policy in Leeds. Considerations include making changes to who can join the housing register and how homes are let due to the increased demand for social housing. https://yourvoice.leeds.gov.uk/lettings-policy-consultation This consultation is open for contributions until Thursday 28 March 2024. Please note, this has […]

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Asylum Matters Update 29th Feb 2024

Advocacy and campaigning initiatives Rwanda  The Safety of Rwanda Bill has now completed its line by line scrutiny via Committee Stage in the House of Lords.  Amendments were proposed around compliance with domestic and international law,  jurisdiction of domestic courts, the consideration of religious beliefs when determining if Rwanda is a safe country, and safeguarding and promoting the welfare […]

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