Suicides in immigration detention centres kept ‘state secret’ by Home Office, MPs told – The Independent

Posted September 12th, 2018 in detention, government departments, immigration, news, statistics, suicide by tracey

‘Self-inflicted deaths in removal centres are being kept a “state secret” by the Home Office, according to the expert commissioned by the government to carry out a review of the immigration detention estate. Former prison ombudsman Stephen Shaw, who has produced two major reports on immigration removal centres (IRCs), told MPs it was “odd and frankly self-defeating” that the department did not make the numbers of detainee deaths public.’

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The Independent, 11th September 2018

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Home Office loses 75% of its appeals against immigration rulings – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2018 in appeals, government departments, immigration, news, refugees by sally

‘Nearly three-quarters of final immigration court appeals brought by the Home Office against rulings allowing asylum seekers and other migrants to stay in the UK are dismissed, according to figures seen by the Guardian.’

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The Guardian, 3rd September 2018

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Council in legal bid to force disclosure of Brexit impact – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 3rd, 2018 in brexit, disclosure, EC law, government departments, local government, news by sally

‘Plymouth City Council has claimed to be the first to use the Sustainable Communities Act to try to force the government to reveal the impact of Brexit.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th August 2018

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Revealed: immigration rules in UK more than double in length – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2018 in government departments, immigration, news, regulations, visas by sally

‘Home Office officials have made more than 5,700 changes to the immigration rules since 2010, a Guardian analysis has revealed, making the visa system nearly impossible to navigate, according to senior judges and lawyers.’

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The Guardian, 27th August 2019

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The Right To Data? Campaigners Launch Legal Challenge To Access Home Office Data – Rights Info

Posted August 30th, 2018 in data protection, EC law, government departments, immigration, news by sally

‘Campaigners for the rights of EU citizens in the UK have launched a legal challenge against an exemption in the Data Protection Act which prevents citizens accessing their Home Office records.’

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Rights Info, 29th August 2018

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Windrush generation: Formal apology for 18 people – BBC News

Posted August 22nd, 2018 in citizenship, colonies, detention, government departments, immigration, news by sally

‘Eighteen members of the Windrush generation who could have been wrongfully removed or detained are to get a formal apology.’

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BBC News, 21st August 2018

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Case Comment: R (Black) v Secretary of State for Justice [2017] UKSC 81 – UKSC Blog

‘Is the Crown is bound by the prohibition of smoking in most enclosed public places and workplaces, contained in Chapter 1 of Part 1 of the Health Act 2006?’

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UKSC Blog, 15th August 2018

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Home Office misled court about treatment of child refugees from Calais, judges find – The Guardian

‘The government “materially misled” the high court about its treatment of child refugees who applied for safe passage to the UK from Calais, giving incomplete evidence that was “a serious breach of the duty of candour and cooperation”, the court of appeal ruled on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2018

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Government ‘complicit in school’s illegal exclusion policy’ – BBC News

Posted July 27th, 2018 in examinations, government departments, news, school exclusions by sally

‘The government has been “complicit” in an illegal policy that saw a school force out pupils unlikely to achieve high grades, campaigners have claimed.’

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BBC News, 27th July 2018

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Home Office had information on Rotherham grooming gangs in 2002 but failed to act, review finds – The Independent

Posted July 18th, 2018 in child abuse, government departments, news, reports, sexual grooming by tracey

‘The government received information detailing the extent of grooming gang activity in Rotherham as far back as 2002 but failed to properly act on it, a review has found.’

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The Independent, 17th July 2018

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UK under fire over slavery measures after ‘disturbing’ case of trafficked boy – The Guardian

Posted June 29th, 2018 in children, government departments, news, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘The government is under pressure to better protect victims of modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK, after landmark rulings against the Home Office’s treatment of a 15-year-old child and other victims. Lawyers are challenging “systematic deficiencies” in Theresa May’s flagship strategy to tackle modern slavery and protect victims. They urged the Home Office to respond to recent court rulings that show vulnerable victims are being failed.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2018

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Home Office to pay damages for detention of immigrant claimant – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 18th, 2018 in detention, false imprisonment, government departments, immigration, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has upheld an award of damages for false imprisonment in the context of immigration detention. The Court found that an unlawful curfew which required residence at a specific address between specific hours each day and which was backed by the threat of criminal sanctions and electronic tagging gave rise to the tort of false imprisonment.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th June 2018

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Call for greater oversight of recommendations of public inquiries – BBC News

Posted May 23rd, 2018 in government departments, inquiries, news by tracey

‘Ministers must do more to demonstrate they are acting on the recommendations of public inquiries, a new report says. The National Audit Office said it was “not always clear” to the public whether inquiries were having their intended impact as there was no central body for tracking their progress. Of the inquiries it examined which had made recommendations since 2005, it estimated 45% of these were accepted.’

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BBC News, 23rd May 2018

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‘It’s destroyed my life’: Windrush victim recognised as legal citizen after 13 years – The Guardian

Posted May 11th, 2018 in citizenship, colonies, government departments, immigration, news by sally

‘In a rare insight into the workings of Lunar House immigration HQ, Hubert Howard recounts how he lost his job and was denied benefits after the Home Office said he was an illegal migrant.’

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The Guardian, 10th May 2018

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Child slavery victim sues Home Office after sexual assault at Morton Hall – The Guardian

‘A Vietnamese victim of child slavery has launched legal proceedings against the government after he was sexually assaulted at Morton Hall immigration removal centre, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 7th May 2018

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Windrush scandal: Tories vote to block release of secret documents as they launch review – The Independent

‘The Conservatives have blocked attempts to force the government to release internal documents relating to the Windrush scandal. The House of Commons voted down the proposal after the Tories ordered their MPs to oppose it. Labour had tried to use an archaic parliamentary procedure to force the government to hand over the files, which they said would reveal how much ministers knew about the problems facing Windrush generation immigrants.’

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The Independent, 2nd May 2018

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Home Office agencies at heart of Windrush scandal rife with discrimination and harassment, employees say – The Independent

‘The government immigration agencies at the centre of the Windrush scandal are “rife” with discrimination and harassment, a survey of their own employees reveals.
Official documents show staff at Border Force reporting high levels of discrimination, with almost one in four (23 per cent) saying they had experienced it.’

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The Independent, 23rd April 2018

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Groundhog Day for air pollution breaches: Government loses again – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in environmental protection, government departments, news, pollution by tracey

‘R (ClientEarth No.3) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Garnham J, 21 February 2018. DEFRA has been found wanting again, in its latest attempt to address nitrogen dioxide in air. This is the third time. Yet DEFRA’s own analysis suggests that some 23,500 people die every year because of this pollutant.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd February 2017

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Ministers to investigate aid sex scandal ‘cover-up’ amid claims officials ‘brushed off’ child abuse allegations – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 12th, 2018 in charities, child abuse, government departments, news, prostitution, sexual offences by tracey

‘Ministers have launched an investigation into claims that foreign aid officials brushed off allegations of child abuse committed by aid workers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th February 2018

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Green light given to judicial review of accountable care organisations in NHS – Local Government Lawyer

‘Campaigners including scientist Professor Stephen Hawking have won permission from the High Court to challenge the government’s planned creation of accountable care organisations (ACO) in the NHS.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st February 2108

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