Expert Link responds to 'Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules'
The Government have published their intention to deport people for rough sleeping from December 2020.
David Ford, Founder and CEO of Expert Link:
“As a network of people with lived experience of multiple disadvantages we hear many different stories from those sleeping rough. People from EEA countries who are fleeing violence and abuse, people who have made contributions for years and call the UK their home, people without any support or a safe place to stay.
We are all human beings and we all deserve the opportunity to live a fulfilling life.
These proposals from Government do not recognise our shared humanity. Instead of working to reduce rough sleeping in this country, the effect of these measures will be to punish people already in a desperate situation. They run the risk of reducing any productive engagement with support, breaking the trust and relationships needed to bring about positive outcomes, and pushing people into exploitative labour that puts their lives in danger.
We urge the Government to rethink this policy and engage with all relevant stakeholders, including those with lived experience of rough sleeping, to develop appropriate actions that reduce rough sleeping and give people hope for their future.”