High Court rules that Home Office policy on asylum support rates is unlawful

The High Court has ruled that Home Secretary Theresa May was ‘irrational’ in her decision making and ‘misunderstood information’ when setting the cripplingly low level of financial support paid to people seeking asylum in UK.

View the Judgment summary here…

Manchester City Council votes unanimously for a motion against destitution

Manchester Council has voted unanimously in favour of a motion against destitution – becoming the eleventh Council to take this step. The motion raises concerns about the effects of poverty and homelessness on the well-being and dignity of people who have come here to seek safety and had their cases refused.

Red Cross report on destitution in Greater Manchester

A humanitarian crisis is gripping Greater Manchester and has left many of the area’s most vulnerable people homeless and destitute for more than a decade, research by the British Red Cross has found. You can read this report below:

“A decade of Destitution: Time to make a change”

Freedom from Torture report The Poverty Barrier

‘The Poverty Barrier’ is a ground-breaking report which provides the most comprehensive study to date of experiences of poverty among survivors of torture during and after their passage through the UK’s asylum system. You can read this report here:

“The right to rehabilitation for survivors of torture in the UK”

Freedom from Torture – Torture survivors’ photo project

To mark the release of Freedom from Torture’s ‘Poverty Barrier’ report survivors were given disposable cameras and asked if they would be interested in giving us their own visual representations of poverty in the UK. You can see this project here:

Photos and experience of survivors of torture.