Wednesday 25 November 2015

East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership Briefing

East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership Briefing

The East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership Briefing brings together different sources of information relating to Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Migrants.

  • Migration
  • Asylum Seekers & Refugees
  • Training


Migration Update (ESOL)

ESOL Learners Hardest Hit by Cuts to the Adult Skills Budget in the East Midlands

On Monday, the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) announced further cuts to the Adult Skills Budget, including the withdrawal of funding from teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

letter to the sector details a total of £45 million to be taken out of ESOL Plus Mandation for the 2015-16 funding year.

The cuts will impact colleges in the East Midlands significantly, with colleges losing £2.65 million in funding, affecting around 10,000 learners across the region.

In addition, the SFA have announced further cuts of 3.9% to the Adult Skills Budget on top of the 24% cut on non-Apprenticeship skills announced earlier in the year. This means that Colleges in the East Midlands will lose a further £3.9 million in funding.

However, the letter also reaffirms the government’s commitment to Apprenticeships, promising to fund all Apprenticeship growth requests for 16 -18 year olds in 2015-16.

Cllr Peter Robinson, Chair of the East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership, said:

The East Midlands Councils’ report on the Impact of International Migration in the East Midlands identified ESOL provision as a key issue for the region. The 2011 Census identified that there was lower English language proficiency in the East Midlands in comparison to elsewhere.

This announcement is concerning as lack of language skills is a barrier in terms of integration, ability to access work and to make a positive contribution to communities as well as increasing the chances of migrants suffering crime, exploitation and health and well-being concerns. We are keen to work with Government to explore how to increase ESOL provision.”

Universal credit ban for EU migrants

New EU migrants arriving in the UK will be prevented from claiming universal credit. The new regulations mean that no EU households will be entitled to benefits without having worked in the UK first. The Department for Work and Pensions says the move follows action it has already taken to halve the amount of time EU jobseekers can claim other benefits such as jobseeker’s allowance (JSA), child benefit and child tax credit. It also means that if they don’t have a job after three months they will lose their right to reside in the UK. New migrant jobseekers are also now unable to claim housing benefit.

The DWP said: "These tough new rules are part of the government’s long-term economic plan to protect the benefits system and ensure EU migrants come to this country for the right reasons and to contribute to the economy."

But the changes have been greeted with concern in some quarters, including the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC).

In a letter to the Work and Pensions Secretary, SSAC Chair Paul Gray said: "The proposed changes...affect not only potential migrants considering whether to come to GB in search of work, but also EEA nationals and their dependents who have already settled and worked in the UK. See also reaction on Concerns raised over universal credit ban for EU migrants » Housing »

Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) extends restrictions on income-based Job seekers’ allowance (JSA (IB)) to EEA nationals whose entitlement began before January 2015

In January 2014, the Government introduced a number of measures aimed at restricting EEA migrants’ access to income-based JSA. A key change was the introduction of a statutory presumption that entitlement to JSA(IB) would be limited to a period of three months, or six months for EEA nationals with retained worker status, unless the jobseeker could pass a Genuine Prospect of Work (GPoW) assessment. A memo from DWP instructs Job Centre staff to undertake GPoW assessments with all remaining EEA nationals whose entitlement to JSA(IB) started prior to 1 January 2014. Please follow this link to read the memo (DMG 2/15) in full:

Free movement rights of EEA and Swiss nationals

UK Visas and Immigration modernised guidance for how it considers the free movement rights of nationals of the EEA and Swiss nationals, and who can enter and live in the UK under European Community (EC) law. 

Housing Rights Website

I'm writing to let you know about a new development in the housing rights website. I'm pleased to announce that it now covers migrants' rights in the private rented sector. The new pages are particularly relevant given that the government's 'Right to Rent' immigration checks began their pilot phase in the West Midlands at the end of last year, and may be extended further later this year. CIH and BMENational received support from the TDS Foundation to develop the new pages for the site, and the main adviser page can be accessed here. This links both to the less detailed migrants' page, and to more detailed legal background material. All the pages benefited from feedback from advice agencies who commented extensively on the draft material. The new pages currently cover England and Wales, and we plan to develop new pages for Scotland in the very near future. I do hope that you will publicise the new guidance material through your networks and ensure that it is as widely used as possible. As ever, if you have any feedback or suggestions, we are very pleased to have them The new pages are on the housing rights website, here: 

Extra support for trafficked children in Modern Slavery Bill

Members of the House of Lords voted in favour of amendments to ensure that a trafficked child is entitled to an advocate, with legal powers and independence to be effective in advocating for their rights. Please follow this link to read about this from ECPAT UK. Please follow this link to read about the vote in the House of Lords: Thanks to the East of England Newsflash

Immigration enforcement data released by UK Visas and Immigration

This document contains data on:

  • The number of records in the migration refusal pool
  • Breakdown of those eligible for deportation
  • Family returns - assured, enforced and voluntary returns
  • Average cost per day to hold an individual in immigration detention

There is also data around foreign national prisoners and reasons for people being detained. Please follow this link to access the data in full: Immigration Enforcement data: February 2015 - Publications - GOV.UK

UK Visas and Immigration policy paper - Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: HC1025 non-asylum

The statement of changes will apply to some of the changes starting from 2 March 2015, with others starting from dates in April. The changes regarding English testing will not apply to a person who makes an application for entry clearance or leave to remain before 6 November 2015 provided that the specified English language test was passed on or before 5 April 2015 and applying before 6 November 2015.

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) - report on a partial review of the shortage occupation lists

The MAC, which offers independent, evidence-based advice to the government on migration issues, was commissioned to carry out a partial review of the shortage occupation list. The review focused on graduate jobs in the digital technology and health sectors, and overhead linesworkers in the electricity supply industry. The review recommended the following changes. To be added to the shortage occupation list:

- Paramedics - the MAC found no other short-term solutions to ease the pressure on the existing workforce;

- Low voltage overhead linesworkers in the electricity supply industry;

- Clinical radiology consultants; and non-consultant training roles in paediatrics.

- Senior jobs in digital technology, limited to people with five years’ or more experience. The jobs to be included are product manager; data scientist; senior developer and cyber security specialist.

To be removed from the shortage occupation list:

- Haematology consultants; non-consultant non-training roles in anaesthetics; and therapeutic radiographers.

GPs and nurses were considered for inclusion, but there was insufficient evidence of need.

Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) partial review of the shortage occupation lists - News stories - GOV.UK

Government report from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills - Migrant workers: impacts on UK businesses

The report examines how migrants have impacted on UK businesses. It uses ‘qualitative’ research, to gain an understanding of underlying reasons, opinions, and motivations. It involved in-depth interviews with 80 UK companies and included managers’ views, as well as those of the migrant worker and co-workers. It finds that in many instances migrants bring knowledge and skills over and above that outlined in the job specification. Of the businesses interviewed, the overall view of migrants’ impacts was broadly positive. The report includes a case study from a small to medium size business in Derby. Please follow this link to access the report in full

Supported Options website – projects which support undocumented children and young people in the UK

The Supported Options Initiative is a special initiative of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, delivered in partnership with Unbound Philanthropy. It encourages and supports innovation in helping children and young people with irregular immigration status in the UK. The initiative has launched a website to gather and publicise information about all the funded projects and various films, articles and reports. Please follow this link to access the website: About the Supported Options Initiative | Supported Options Initiative

Thanks to the East of England Newsflash 

Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report - Supporting Immigrant Integration in Europe: What Role for Origin Countries' Subnational Authorities?

This MPI Europe report investigates how the activities of origin countries' local institutions may improve the lives of emigrants to Member States of the European Union. It discusses obstacles as well as opportunities for sending-country cities, regional political entities and federated states in the design and implementation of policy measures to improve the trajectories of migrants. The report underscores the importance of international cooperation at the subnational level—such as city-to-city partnerships—focusing on established migration corridors in Europe, assuming that historical links or geographic proximity can make cooperation easier. Please follow this link to read the report in full:

Supporting Immigrant Integration in Europe: What Role for Origin Countries' Subnational Authorities? |

Thanks to the East of England Newsflash

Home Office Statistics – user consultation questionnaire

The Home Office would like feedback by the 14 May 2015 from the users of the Immigration Statistics so that they can assess how well the publication meets users’ needs and make improvements where possible. They would invite users to complete a consultation questionnaire.

It is an opportunity for users to indicate how the Home Office could develop their outputs. Improved data quality is a key theme of the East Midlands Councils’ report on the Impact of International Migration in the East Midlands-please share your responses with Sarah Short at East Midlands Councils.

Immigration health surcharge: information for migrants

This document contains information about the immigration health surcharge, which will be introduced on 6 April. The health surcharge means that temporary, non-EEA migrants coming to the UK for more than six months will contribute to the NHS. The health surcharge will be set at £200 a year for temporary migrants and £150 a year for students.

Immigration health surcharge: information for migrants - Publications - GOV.UK 

The Home Office news announcement can be accessed here: Migrant 'health surcharge' to raise £200 million a year - News stories - GOV.UK

Office for Budget Responsibility revises economic outlook

The OBR says the unexpected rise in net migration to 298,000 in the last has been a factor in its decision to upgrade its forecasts for Britain’s economic growth.

It calculates that net migration will add 0.6% to the potential output of the British economy and increase net tax receipts as most migrants are of working age rather than retired or children. 

Scope of exclusions to adult social care support to be extended when the Care Act 2014 comes into force

The exclusions to social services support will be extended to include assistance to carers, the duty to undertake assessments and the power to meet urgent needs.

The draft Care Act 2014 and Children and Families Act 2014 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2015​​ amend​s current social care legislation and sets​ out the consequential amendments to related legislation, in order to implement the Care Act 2014. Part 1 of the Care Act 2014 will come into force in England in April 2015 but current legislation will continue to apply in Wales. 

The order states that Part 1 of the Care Act 2014 (care and support provided by local authority) will be excluded  under Schedule 3 Nationality Immigration and Asylum Act 2002. This means that specified groups of migrants will not be able to access assistance under Part 1 of the Care Act unless the exercise of a power or performance of a duty is necessary for the purpose of avoiding a breach of a persons rights under the European Convention on Human Rights or European Community Treaties.​​ Affected migrants include EEA nationals and their dependants, visa overstayers and other migrants who are unlawfully present in the UK, including refused asylum seekers who claimed asylum 'in-country'.

For further information follow this link. Care Act Schedule 3

Asylum seekers and refugees:

Asylum transparency data released by Home Office

This document contains data on:

  • Older live cases unit
  • The appeal representation rate and decision quality
  • Breakdown of adult asylum intake and 6 month and 30 day decisions by gender
  • Asylum work in progress, breakdown of costs and productivity
  • Breakdown of cases concluded and removed
  • Asylum work in progress, breakdown of costs and productivity
  • The number of azure cards in use, asylum support (section 4 and section 95) and travel documents

Please follow this link to access the data in full: Asylum transparency data: February 2015 - Publications - GOV.UK

UK Visas and Immigration policy paper - Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: HC1025 – asylum

The changes set out in paragraphs 220 and 222 to 232 of this statement shall apply to applications and asylum claims decided on or after 27 February 2015. Please follow this link to access the paper in full:

UK Visas and Immigration – updated country information and guidance

This guidance is used by UK Visas and Immigration to make decisions in asylum and human rights applications. Updated guidance is available regarding Afghanistan relating to those who are perceived to support the government or international forces plus an updated operational guidance note. Please follow this link for the two Afghanistan country information documents: Afghanistan: country information and guidance - Publications - GOV.UK

Updated guidance is available regarding Bangladesh relating to opposition to the government. Please follow this link for the Bangladesh country information: Bangladesh: country information and guidance - Publications - GOV.UK

Updated guidance is available regarding Libya relating to minority ethnic groups. Please follow this link for the Libya country information: Libya: country information and guidance - Publications - GOV.UK

Three new guidance documents are available regarding Pakistan – one about the Ahmadis, one about Shia Muslims and one about Christians and Christian converts. Pakistan: country information and guidance - Publications - GOV.UK

Migrant Children's Project Newsletter February 2015 – Coram Children’s Legal Centre

This latest newsletter introduces two fact sheets - for those working with young people who have difficulty enrolling in further education and the other about which children acquire British citizenship automatically and which children can apply. There are also links to policy and legal updates, upcoming training information and reports. Please follow this link:



NRPF Human Rights Assessments – Children and Families 30 April 2015, 10:00 – 16:30 Melton Mowbray

 The NRPF Network is a network of local authorities and partner organisations focusing on the statutory response to migrants with care needs who have No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) who will be running a training session on Human Rights Assessments for Children and Families.

The training course includes an introduction to the statutory background of the NRPF condition, community care responsibilities to clients with NRPF, the Schedule 3 NIAA restriction and then a detailed introduction to human rights assessments.

The objectives of the session are;

  • To be able to use legislation and case law to help resolve complex cases.
  • To learn how to complete a Human Rights Assessment.
  • To apply good practice in assessing and supporting individuals and families.
  • To be aware of the resources that are available in order to stay up-to-date with policy and legal developments 
  • To identify who is eligible and who is not eligible for support under social services legislation.

The Trainer

The training will be ran by Henry St Clair Miller.

Aimed at

Social workers (children’s services), asylum caseworkers, managers and policy officers.–-Children-and-Families/21205