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

Refugees, capitalism and the British State – what should we do?

Tom Vickers, Senior Research Assistant at Northumbria University, will speak about his new book, ‘Refugees, Capitalism and the British State: Implications for social workers, volunteers and activists’ (Ashgate: 2012).

Peter Richardson, Director of Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network (LASSN) will give a brief overview of the situation in Leeds.

The focus of Tom’s book is twofold: to analyse the material basis of refugees’ oppression in the imperialist character of modern British capitalism; and to examine the means by which the British state has ‘managed’ this oppression through the cultivation of a ‘refugee relations industry’. The author addresses these questions using a Marxist analysis, drawing on original research in Newcastle upon Tyne. Regular updates and commentary by the author can be found at

Weds, 14th November, 6pm, AG10 Broadcasting Place, Leeds Metropolitan University, Woodhouse Lane, LS2 9EN (opposite the Fenton pub).

This event is co-sponsored by Leeds Asylum Seekers Network (LASSN)


All welcome, no need to book.

The event is free, but there will be a collection.

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