Home Office still using NHS patient data for immigration enforcement despite suggesting it would end practice – The Independent

‘The Home Office is obtaining patient data from the NHS and using it for immigration enforcement purposes, despite suggesting last year that this form of data-sharing would no longer take place. A report by the chief inspector of borders reveals immigration enforcement teams are using hospital records containing data on migrants with an outstanding debt to the NHS of £500 or more.’

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The Independent, 4th February 2019

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Minor offences may stay secret after legal challenge fails – The Guardian

‘Some people with minor, past convictions may not have to disclose them in future after the government lost a legal challenge aimed at preserving its system of criminal record checks.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2019

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High court orders new inquest into Home Office role in Windrush citizen death – The Guardian

Posted January 25th, 2019 in citizenship, government departments, immigration, inquests, news by tracey

‘The high court has ordered a new inquest into the death of a Windrush citizen after the original coroner failed to consider the impact of the Home Office’s “hostile environment” policy on his health.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2019

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s35 FOIA Updates from the Upper Tribunal – Panopticon

‘A couple of recent Upper Tribunal cases have been handed down on the section 35(1) FOIA exemption for the formulation or development of government policy and for Ministerial communications. Both concern documents produced at the highest levels of Government. Both nudge the jurisprudence on a little bit, and both are worth being aware of for those concerned.’

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Panoptiocn, 14th January 2018

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Home Office trying to force two disabled children to leave country – The Guardian

‘The Home Office is trying to force two British-born children with lifelong and complex physical and mental disabilities out of Britain in a move which experts say breaches UK and UN law.’

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The Guardian, 12th December 2018

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Stansted 15 activists vow to overcome ‘dark, dark day for the right to protest’ – The Guardian

‘The Stansted 15 expected to face retribution for their protest. They never expected to be found guilty of terrorism offences.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2018

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Home Office unlawfully removed child asylum seeker from UK, High Court rules – The Independent

‘The Home Office unlawfully removed a child asylum seeker from the UK and has been ordered to arrange his return in a landmark High Court ruling.’

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The Independent, 6th December 2018

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Windrush: ‘Home Office ignored warnings’ – BBC News

‘Home Office processes led to wrongful detentions and deportations of members of the Windrush generation, says a National Audit Office report.’

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BBC News, 5th December 2018

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Home Office admits it has made no attempt to inform Commonwealth deportees about Windrush taskforce – The Independent

‘The Home Office has made no attempt to inform people deported to Commonwealth countries that the Windrush taskforce exists, prompting concerns that people who were wrongly removed do not know they can have their cases looked into.’

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The Independent, 28th November 2018

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Legal Challenge Protects Our Confidential NHS Data Being Shared with Home Office – Rights Info

‘NHS Digital has confirmed its withdrawal from an agreement to give the Home Office access to confidential data for immigration enforcement, following a legal challenge by campaigners.’

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Rights Info, 12th November 2018

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Rapists and murderers among hundreds of foreign criminals missing from Home Office monitoring, records show – The Independent

‘Rapists and killers are among hundreds of foreign criminals who have dropped off the Home Office’s radar. Immigration authorities also lost track of overseas nationals convicted of kidnap, weapons possession and robbery.’

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The Independent, 9th November 2018

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Home Office cuts to modern slavery victims’ benefits are unlawful, High Court rules – The Independent

Posted November 9th, 2018 in asylum, benefits, government departments, news, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘A government decision to slash financial support for modern slavery victims has been ruled unlawful by the High Court.’

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The Independent, 22nd November 2018

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Immigration Officials Attend Local Authority Meetings With Vulnerable Migrant Families – Rights Info

Posted October 31st, 2018 in government departments, housing, immigration, local government, news by sally

‘The Home Office is regularly attending local authority meetings with vulnerable migrant families to help collect data that can be used to remove the families from the UK.’

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Rights Info, 29th October 2018

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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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