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Great news. Today, a High Court judge ruled that current Home Office policy on asylum support rates is unlawful.

Refugee Action took the Home Office to court back in February, calling on them to urgently review their asylum support policies. Ruling in their favour this morning, the judge stated that the Secretary of State’s decision to freeze the rates of support for asylum seekers was ‘flawed’, adding that:

“She [Secretary of State for the Home Department] failed to take reasonable steps to gather sufficient information to enable her to make a rational judgement in setting the asylum support rates for 2013/2014.”

The Secretary of State was ordered to retake the decision as to the level at which asylum support should be set, in accordance with the guidance contained in the judgement. A full briefing from Refugee Action and the Migrant Law Centre is attached.

This is fantastic news for asylum seekers, who face the tremendous challenge, every day, of living with the current incredibly low levels of support.

Following this judgement, Refugee Action has launched a new campaign, Bring Back Dignity, to push for an urgent review of asylum support. They want to collect thousands of names, calling on the Home Office to finally make the asylum support system fair.

Please join the campaign and share it with your networks. Please see the attached briefing for further information.

This is a tremendous achievement for Refugee Action and City of Sanctuary congratulates all those involved in this legal challenge. We hope that today’s judgement will make a real difference to the lives of all asylum seekers in the UK.

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