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My Lords, I, too, am grateful to the right reverend Prelate for securing this debate on the report of the inquiry of which I was also a member and also to Jonathan Featonby of the Refugee Council, who provided outstanding support, as well as those who gave evidence, particularly refugees themselves. I will focus my remarks mainly on one of the most serious impediments to refugee integration,...
My Lords, in her recent report on vulnerable children the Children’s Commissioner drew attention to the role of child poverty in that vulnerability. What are the Government doing to reduce child poverty—and will the Minister please not simply say “moving families into paid work”, because we know that that is not necessarily a route out of poverty for low-income families?
Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 9 February (HL5288), what progress they have made with the pilot scheme which aims to assist asylum applicants who have been granted leave to remain in the UK to make contact with the Department for Work and Pensions at the earliest opportunity; and whether they will publish the evaluation of that pilot.
Entered the House of Lords on 1 February 2011
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