The High Court has just ruled that the Home Office policy of deporting EU citizens sleeping rough in the UK is unlawful.
Deporting homeless EU citizens
Two Polish men and a Latvian man challenged the government’s decision to deport them on the grounds that they were homeless. Justice Lang at the High Court concluded that this policy “discriminated unlawfully against EEA nationals and rough sleepers”.
The Public Law Interest Group, which helped bring the challenge, stated:
Homelessness cannot humanely be dealt with by detaining or forcibly removing homeless people. This practice has been found unlawful and must immediately cease.
This judgement came a day after Theresa May claimed to have the interests of homeless people at heart.
Misleading the public about homelessness
During the latest Prime Minister’s Questions, May tried to make out that homelessness had been worse under Labour, and been improving under consecutive Conservative governments. But Dan Bloom, political reporter at The Daily Mirror, shows why this is misleading. May said:
Statutory homelessness peaked under the Labour government and is down by over 50% since then.
Read on...Support us and go ad-free
But while homelessness did technically peak under Labour, rates of rough sleeping fell dramatically. Until the Conservatives came to power in 2010, that is. Since then, homelessness has increased by 54%.
Many homeless charities are doing amazing work to provide support for rough sleepers. In contrast, this High Court ruling highlights how backwards the government has it. There’s a better way to deal with vulnerable EU citizens than unlawfully punishing them.
– Read more articles from The Canary on homelessness.
Featured image via screengrab
We need your help to keep speaking the truth
Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.
Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.
We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.
In return, you get:
* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop
Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.
With your help we can continue:
* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do
We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?