Reports: too many pregnant women in detention +

Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, has published a new report on an inspection of Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire. (download the full report here, pdf) The report found that:

‘Too many pregnant women, who should only have been held in exceptional circumstances, were detained in the centre.’ (p6) Continue reading “Reports: too many pregnant women in detention +”

Vulnerable Children will lose access to justice with cuts to legal aid

If you believe in access to justice, please join the campaign and take action now. For more information on what you can do, go to: Save Legal AidJustice For All and Sound Off for Justice.

On 13th December, the rights of children were centre stage at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid in Westminster. Speakers including Baroness King and the Children’s Commissioner for England, Dr Atkinson, discussed how children and young people will be affected by Government plans to cut free legal advice and representation. This debate was perfectly timed as the bill setting out the cuts should enter the Lords committee stage on 20th December. If it becomes law, children will lose out on a massive scale: 6,000 children under 18 would go without legal advice and representation, and 140,000 children would be affected because their parents could not get legal aid support. 2,500 children will lose direct legal assistance each year for immigration cases. Continue reading “Vulnerable Children will lose access to justice with cuts to legal aid”