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Action needed now to prevent more destitution of asylum seeking families by the Immigration Bill

The Second Reading of the Immigration Bill will take place on Tuesday 13 October. The Bill includes changes to asylum support which will result in children and their parents, who have been refused, being left without access to food or a roof over their heads, let alone medicines, clothes or books.

Organisations and individuals are encouraged to write to MPs now and ask them to raise concerns about measures in the Bill when it is debated at Second Reading.  The Regional Asylum Activism project have provided a  model email to MPs and a Briefing on the Immigration Act 2015  focussing on the support cuts which individuals can send to MPs .

There is also the excellent Still Human Still Here Second Reading Briefing 29 Sept  for MPs which looks exclusively at the impact of Clause 34 and the proposal to cut off support to asylum seeking families.   Individuals and organisations can send this direct to MPs they are contacting or use any part they find useful for their own briefing materials.

In addition, the Asylum Support Appeals Project ( ASAP)  Increasing destitution – Immigration Bill 2015 Briefing 30-9-15 shows that 65% of appeals for asylum support are successful. This indicates the high number of wrong decisions on support for refused asylum seekers and how many will be affected if the right of appeal is stopped under this Bill.

Finally, here is a useful briefing from the ILPA  giving an overview of some of the other key measures in the Bill.