LASSN call on Leeds City Council to prevent destitution

At 1.30pm today, Grace Phiri, a trustee of Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network will ask the 99 councillors of Leeds City Council to take action to prevent destitution among asylum seekers in Leeds.

Grace will speak of the struggles of surviving on little over £5 per day and of the even more devastating affects for those in destitution with absolutely nothing to live on.

A recent Children’s Society report highlighted the alarming levels of destitution among refugee, asylum-seeking and migrant children and young people, including many in Leeds.

Ten charities in Leeds are therefore calling on the council to write to Home Secretary about the impact of destitution,  to support the recommendations of the Children’s Society report and endorse the aims of the Still Human Still Here, a coalition of 59 charities seeking to end destitution.

Downloads and links:

Full text of Grace’s speech to Leeds City Council: Asylum destitution deputation to Leeds City Council

Briefing paper on destitution in Leeds: Asylum destitution briefing

Children’s Society report on experiences of destitution among young refugees and migrants

Still Human Still Here

Pregnant women, children and people with disabilities among those living on less than 77p a day

We have all heard stories or know of people who can’t afford a hot meal every day. This is a problem for both British born and refugee people. At least we Brits are able to claim benefits but many refugees can’t unless they agree to return to the country they have fled from in fear of their lives. Find out more about failed asylum seekers living below the poverty line, read the Scottish Poverty Information Unit report.

Richie McAndrew.