18 Sep 2015

In response to the Government’s Immigration Bill, Sam Royston Director of Policy at The Children’s Society said:
'The Immigration Bill fails to provide the necessary guarantee of safety that children need.

'We are seriously concerned by the Government’s proposal to punish landlords renting to families without immigration papers. This risks making children homeless and could even lead to landlords refusing some British families vital housing if they are unsure about their immigration status.

'Additionally, the Government must make sure that any plan to change support for families that have been refused asylum, must have children’s best interests at its heart. While we await the full detail about how this support would be provided and for how long, our overriding concern is that children in these families could face destitution if children’s needs are not sufficiently considered.'

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Notes to editors:

  • The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local projects, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. We also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future. Our supporters around the country fund our services, volunteer with us, and join our campaigns to show children and young people they are on their side.