Islington Law Centre victory over Home Secretary on Asylum Support

Wednesday, April 9th 2014

The High Court today has ruled that the Home Secretary, Theresa May MP, 'acted irrationally' in refusing to review the rates of Asylum Support, granted to asylum seekers while they wait for decision on their claims and are not allowed to work.

Mr Justice Popplewell's judgment is a major victory for asylum seekers, acknowledging that they "only have their essential needs provided for, from which they are not in a position to economise."

The case was the result of good collaboration between rights organisations. It was brought by Islington Law Centre's Migrants' Law Project, on behalf of charity Refugee Action. It also incorporated evidence from charity the Helen Bamber Foundation. 

Click here for the Guardian's report on the judgment.

Click here for Channel 4 News report on the judgment.

Click here for MLP's Sonal Ghelani's blog for Open Democracy, explaining the case.