Good news from Liverpool. On 18 September, the City Council debated and passed two motions relating to asylum. One was on destitution (called ‘Asylum Seekers’). This is very progressive and included actions to address the enforced destitution of refused sanctuary seekers and to influence a change in national policy. The motion was tabled by Councillor Pat Moloney, in response to a local resident raising the issue. This shows what an individual can do – so it’s worth getting in touch with your local Councillor and asking them to do the same!!
The other motion passed was on City of Sanctuary (by Cllr Nick Small and Hetty Wood) pledging support and endorsing Liverpool City of Sanctuary. The council pledged to:
• Support local people in welcoming and helping new communities to integrate into local and civic society.
• Recognise the positive contribution migrants make to the social, cultural and community life of Liverpool.
• Support community and voluntary organisations in assisting in this process.
Liverpool is the 7th city to pass resolutions on destitution. The others are Bristol (15 January 2013) Sheffield (3 April 2013) Oxford (22 April 2013) Glasgow (28 June 2012) Leeds (17 July 2013) Bradford (9 July 2013) Michael Kaye of Still Human Still Here has provided a framework for texts for council resolutions on destitution which can be amended to reflect the realities of each city. Will yours be next? Please contact Tiffy or Colleen at CoS if you wish to see this or other texts of motions passed.