Hubert Howard lost his job and was denied benefits after the Home Office said he was an illegal migrant – why has it taken so long to resolve his situation?
For the past 13 years, Hubert Howard has tried repeatedly to persuade the Home Office that he is in the UK legally, having arrived here in 1960, aged three, with his mother. His repeated attempts to obtain a British passport were rejected, and as a result he lost his job and was denied benefits, leaving him with no money to live on. More significantly, he was unable to travel to visit his mother in Jamaica before she died.
Over the course of about 45 minutes on Thursday afternoon, a Home Office employee reviewed Howard’s papers, breezily admitted that mistakes had been made, apologised, and issued him with an A4 piece of paper confirming that he was not an illegal immigrant.