Incompetence, delaying tactics, unnecessary complexity and fruitless court cases mock the ‘proud history’ the Home Office loves to quote, says Edward Milner

The Home Office claims are disingenuous (Asylum seekers are left destitute by Home Office, 10 July). When Theresa May was home secretary she promoted the concept of a “hostile environment” for asylum seekers. Refugee Action has revealed exactly what this means; the rules are now so complex and harsh that they cause widespread unhappiness and hardship. For a civilised country with a tradition of welcome and sanctuary, this is a disgrace. Incompetence, deliberate delaying tactics, unnecessary complexity and fruitless court cases systematically mock the “proud history” the Home Office loves to quote. A complete change in attitude is required. What about the promotion of a “humane environment” as the basis for redrawn rules?
Edward Milner
Chair, Santé Refugee Mental Health Access Project

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