The Labour and SNP opposition front benches have been supportive of the concerns raised by the refugee sector and tabled a range of amendments on support including to ensure:
- families who are appeal rights exhausted are not cut off from S95 support;
- that those who face a genuine obstacle to return and are refused support or have it discontinued will have a right of appeal;
- that support should be raised £43.86 (60% of IS);
- that asylum seekers should have permission to work after 6 months if they have not received a decision on their applications.
These amendments were discussed on 5 November and 10 November. The Government gave no concessions and all of the amendments were pushed to votes which the Government won as it has a majority of two on the Committee. Here is the Committee debate of support amendments with full discussions of these amendments, as taken from Hansard.
The Government has also tabled a new schedule to the Bill on the availability of local authority support for families and for care leavers which will be debated today (17 November). Here is the ILPA Briefing on the Government Amendments and a letter from the Home Office on these provisions.
For further information and briefings about the Immigration Bill see our news article here and also click here for information regarding the second stage and the composition of the committee.
We remain concerned about the increased destitution including of children under the bill and will be raising this with MPs at our forthcoming Sanctuary in Parliament event on 1st December.