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POLICY/DESTITUTION: Paying for prescriptions and dental treatment if you are an asylum seeker whose appeal rights are exhausted

Mary from Asylum Matters sparked an interesting discussion this week: As some of you may be aware, asylum seekers who are in receipt of Home Office Support or who have an appeal pending are entitled to apply for an HC2, which gives someone full help with health costs. PAFRAS and Red Cross caseworkers apply for […]

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POLICY/RESOURCE: Asylum Matters Briefing: Asylum Stats for Q4 2018 and much much more

Another excellent issue of the Asylum Matters newsletter/briefing landed this afternoon – and yet again we’ve just reprinted it. Thanks Andrea Asylum Statistics Released – October to December 2018 Asylum Aid Resources: “What a Woman Seeking Asylum Needs to Know” Project 17: Not Seen, Not Heard: Children’s Experiences of the Hostile Environment Review of the […]

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Massively short notice of an event: Seeking your input for Migrant Help new advice contract consultation – 13th February

via Mary at Asylum Matters I’ve been invited by Migration Yorkshire to attend a consultation/discussion event with Migrant Help on the new AIRE contract and I want to make sure I am raising the concerns of the voluntary sector and wider community at the event so they can be taken into account in the development of […]

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POLICY/SERVICES: Service specifications for the new Home Office Housing and Advice Contracts

The Home Office fund housing support and advice service for asylum seekers – and both of these contracts have recently been renewed.  It’s been decided that the c£400 million Housing Contract for Yorkshire and Humber will pass over from G4S to Mears in September 2019 [Migration Yorkshire’s Press release] and  the c£100 million Advice Contract […]

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POLICY: Third Sector Infrastructure Support Survey

Leeds City Council’s Communities Team, supported by Voluntary Action Leeds, are undertaking a review of the support, information, training and advice the local voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and groups of Leeds need. The Third Sector in Leeds is large and very diverse. The support needs of organisations varies greatly, depending on size, stage […]

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Reports and policy documents discussed at the Leeds Strategic Migration Board: Joint Strategic Assessment, EU Settlement Scheme, and Citizens’s rights in the event of a no deal Brexit

LMP reps attended the Strategic Migration Board on 14th December (See “How does LMP influence things?“) where a number of important policy papers were discussed in some detail.  We’ll circulate the papers from this meeting as soon as we are gioven permission to do so. For the time being, here are some of the papers […]

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