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1. National Crime Agency report – National Referral Mechanism statistics: End of year summary 2016

 The report produced by National Crime Agency showed the total 3805 potential victims of human trafficking were reported to the NRM, which is an increase of 17% from 2015. Within that minors referrals increased by 30% from the last year. The victims were from 108 nationalities, with  Albanian, British and Vietnamese being the top ones. Romania and Poland were 6th and 7th on the list respectively. Labour exploitation continues to be the most prominent type of abuse.

The full report is available here.

2. Work and Pensions Committee report – ‘Inexcusable’ lack of support for modern slavery victims  

The Committee found that the lack of awareness, training and understanding, and lack of proper support for victims, is having a negative impact on the individuals as well as the number of successful prosecutions their abusers. There is a confusion about the immigration status of the confirmed victims, especially when victims are EU nationals, and majority are ‘reduced to destitution’.  The Committee made a number of recommendations including that all confirmed victims of modern slavery should be given at least one year’s leave to remain in the UK, the DWP staff should be trained in recognising victims of human trafficking and the DWP should introduce a Jobseeker’s Allowance easement and a concession for modern slavery victims, similar to those for victims of domestic violence.

The full report is available here.

3. Government confirms funding for EU students for 2018 to 2019  

The government confirmed that EU students will continue to remain eligible for undergraduate, master’s, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in academic year 2018 to 2019. This means that EU students applying for an undergraduate or master’s course at an English university or further education institution in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU.

The announcement is accessible here.

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