Legal advice for Londoners with insecure immigration status

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th September 2019.

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Photo of Jennette Arnold Jennette Arnold Labour

The funding of legal advice for Londoners with insecure immigration status is most welcome. Please explain how this will be rolled out and how many Londoners it will support.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The legal advice sector has been hit hard by cuts to legal aid and there is now a very real risk that Londoners could find themselves unable to navigate an extremely costly, complex and hostile process in order to secure their immigration status.

City Hall is working with partners including civil society and philanthropic funders to support the advice sector and prevent injustices like Windrush from happening again. This builds on work that City Hall has already done to support young Londoners with insecure immigration status, and European Londoners facing uncertainty about their status after Brexit.

I have committed more than £300k to address injustice faced by people in the immigration system resulting from lack of access to legal advice. My officers are now working with partners to make sure that this funding has maximum impact, and further details will be announced in the coming months.