The MLP represented Refugee Action in an intervention in a case about delays  in making decisions on Section 4 support for destitute failed asylum seekers who have made further submissions asserting fresh claims for asylum.

This work means that Refugee Action, represented by the MLP, submitted evidence and made submissions to the court to show that large numbers of destitute asylum seekers across the country are facing long delays in obtaining vital financial support as a result of a policy that is considered to be unlawful ; this group do not have the right to work, and are therefore destitute. The MLP’s work here is very important, as by representing Refugee Action in its intervention, we are hoping to ensure that on-going legal work can have a distinct and important impact on a large group of vulnerable people.

Judgement in this case was handed down in July 2012,  declaring that the government’s policy of delaying the consideration of applications for Section 4 support in cases where fresh claims have been made is unlawful. 

The judgement can be found here and Refugee Action have prepared a briefing which can be found here. Further information can also be found on our news pages.

To find out more about what we were trying to say, please click below to read our submissions to the court.

Written Submissions to the Court

Refugee Council’s witness statement

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