Destitute children unlawfully denied support by local councils
Campaigners say policy affecting hundreds of families stems from excessive focus on parents’ immigration status‘Mummy, are we poor?’: the destitute children denied help by councils
Destitute children are being unlawfully denied support by local councils because their parents’ immigration status is under suspicion, the Guardian can reveal.
Families whose immigration status becomes insecure can quickly become destitute as they lose their right to work and access benefits. Such families who have dependent children can seek support under section 17 of the 1989 Children’s Act, which states local councils have a duty to provide cash or accommodation to ensure a child’s immediate needs are met.Continue reading...