Rt. Hon. Yvette Cooper MP, Shadow Home Secretary
- Yvette Cooper MP, Shadow Home Secretary
- Tim Finch, IPPR
- Margaret Burton, Ernst & Young
- Don Flynn, Migrants’ Rights Network
- Paul Blomfield MP, Chair
Friday 6 February 2015 – Sunday 8 February 2015
Explore how the issues of detention, destitution and deportation are deeply related to Quaker concerns and Testimonies; find mutual support amongst f/Friends engaged in this emotionally demanding work; maintain your sense of hope, and find ways to be active for change. The Conference is suitable for Quakers – Members, Attenders, Enquirers – who are involved in asylum-related issues, those who are curious or upholding others, or who are active in other aspects of social justice. We hope Area Meetings will encourage participation.
Course Leader Information
Maud Grainger is Woodbrooke’s Faith in Action Tutor. She is interested in how we live our witness in the world and community activism.
Over the last year, many of you have joined us in raising concerns about the Immigration Act and the government’s proposals to introduce charging for primary and emergency healthcare for anybody who doesn’t have indefinite leave to remain in the UK. The Department of Health has now released its implementation plan and impact assessment for Phases 1-3 of its proposals to introduce charging for migrants and visitors to access the NHS. Read more
This month we are calling on you to urge your MP to support an Early Day Motion on raising asylum support rates, following the Government’s disappointing announcement that the level of asylum support will remain unchanged this year. We are also asking you to defend access to healthcare for people seeking asylumin the light of the Department of Health’s new implementation scheme for introducing charging for primary and emergency healthcare. Read more
Re: Call for a time limit on detention
As a Quaker and as one of your constituents, I wish to express my grave concern about the use of detention for immigration purposes. The decision to detain is not ordered by a judge and is not part of a criminal sentence. It is arbitrary, and the length of detention is indefinite. Britain has a long tradition of legal protection for civil liberties. This tradition is undermined every day that migrants are detained without time limit. Read more
We are interested to meet with other Quakers who share our concern at Yearly Meeting Gathering – August 2014 http://www.quaker.org.uk/yearly-meeting-gathering-ymg-2014
Boaz Trust: You may have seen recent news coverage of immigration detention centres. Several Boaz clients have spent time in detention centres and spoken about the trauma of being imprisoned indefinitely.
Earlier this month MP’s launched an inquiry into the use of immigration detention and are inviting individuals with experience of detention to submit accounts of their experiences before 1 October 2014. Charities and organisations can also contribute. Read more Read more