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The Policy, Research and Advocacy Department of the British Red Cross has just published a key report THE AZURE PAYMENT CARD, THE HUMANITARIAN COST OF A CASHLESS SYSTEM which explores its effectiveness, and concludes that the system does not allow refused asylum seekers to meet their basic needs and live with dignity, creating unnecessary suffering for people who are already in desperate situations.

The British Red Cross has a long tradition of providing practical and emotional support to vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers across the UK, including those refused asylum. Section 4 support is given to refused asylum seekers who are destitute and have agreed to return to their country of origin, but cannot return immediately due to circumstances beyond their control. It can also be given on human rights grounds if these refused and destitute asylum seekers have further submissions under consideration.

The report is worth reading and especially in sending to your MP for consideration as it provides evidence to support the Refugee Action Bring Back Dignity Campaign.

Other key findings and the list of recommendation can be found in the report here or attached below.

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