Yesterday I questioned the Home Secretary on behalf of constituents from the Commonwealth who have lived and worked in the UK for many decades but are now facing real hardship because of Government policies. Here’s my question:
“Constituents of mine from Commonwealth countries who have lived here on paper visas for many decades have now been refused universal credit because they do not have biometric residence permits, which they have never been told they need. This is causing real hardship-not least to those with no papers, with the immigration issues that that brings-and the BRP process is costly and lengthy. What are the Government going to do urgently to address this for those who have contributed so much to our country?
Amber Rudd responded as follows:
“I share the hon. Lady’s view that they have contributed so much to this country. I am today announcing that I am setting up a new taskforce across the Department to ensure a swift response. I am also introducing a waiver for the fees involved and a number of other measures that I hope will go a long way to assisting the Commonwealth citizens who should have their rights confirmed without charge.”
Following Home Office Questions David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham asked the following urgent question: To ask the Home Secretary if she will make an urgent statement on the status of Windrush children in this country.
He gave a powerful speech on his concerns which can be read here https://goo.gl/YBrS18
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