Did you, or a family member, come to the UK from a Commonwealth country between 1948 and 1971? Have you been asked to prove your right to stay in the UK or had difficulties with pensions or healthcare?
You may have seen in the news that some people who came to Britain from Commonwealth countries many years ago are experiencing difficulties because of their immigration status.
People in Bristol have told me that the government has asked them to provide evidence that they have a right to live and work in the UK, which they cannot provide. In some cases, people have been denied access to healthcare, prevented from working or refused benefits when they’ve paid taxes all their lives. In the most shocking cases they’ve been detained and threatened with removal.
If this has happened to you, or you’re worried about having to prove your immigration status, I want to hear from you.
Public meeting for those who may be affected and their family members.
When: 2:30 to 4pm on Saturday 28 April.
Where: The King’s Centre on King Square, Bristol, BS2 8AZ.
I am organising this meeting with my casework team. We can give the latest update from the Home Office and discuss in person any concerns you might have. By hearing about your experiences will also help me to press the Government to resolve this situation.
On Monday 16 April I asked Home Secretary Amber Rudd: Why should the onus be on these honoured citizens to prove their right to reside in the UK?
I believe the burden of proof should instead rest with the Home Office. Indeed, the responsibility for this disgraceful situation must rest with the Government. Home Secretary Amber Rudd has blamed her own department, while Theresa May set this chain of events in motion by proudly announcing plans to make the UK a “hostile environment” when she was Home Secretary.