welfare and public services

Don Flynn Nov 28, 2016
The ‘hostile environment’ took another step to consolidate itself in the public sector last week. Patronising and banal in many ways, it is nevertheless a threat to the rights of migrant workers involved in providing public services
The provisions of the Immigration Act 2016 are now rapidly rolling out, stripping many important rights from migrants and refugees as they do so. The English or Welsh language requirements for public sector workers came into force on 21 November.  A Code of Practice directed to public sector employers sets out what is expected from them. The workers who will need to meet these standards of language are all staff who work in customer-facing roles including permanent and fixed-term employees, apprentices, self-employed contractors, agency temps, police officers and service personnel.
Gracie Bradley Nov 21, 2016
Gracie Bradley, Project Manager at MRN, talks about the hat that she wears when she isn’t running the Route To Your Rights project - coordinator of the Against Borders for Children campaign.
The collection of nationality and country of birth data in schools and nurseries was a change in policy announced without much fanfare last spring. The government intended to link this new data to other information such as address and ethnicity that is held in the National Pupil Database (NPD). The NPD contains the records of around 20 million people. The data is never deleted, and identifiable information on individual pupils is accessible to the Home Office, the police, and third parties such as researchers and the press.
Don Flynn Oct 3, 2016
Gasps of faux shock greeted the parts of Jeremy Corbyn’s speech that dealt with immigration at his party’s conference last week. It shouldn’t have. In breaking with the anti-immigrant consensus he outlined an approach that will help draw much of the toxicity out of the public debate.
Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to the Labour conference last week threw a large stone into the otherwise undisturbed waters of the mainstream political consensus on immigration. His refusal to join the chorus of calls for even more draconian controls over the right to move across borders is seen by some as more evidence of how out of touch he is with the public mood.
Gracie Bradley Aug 17, 2016
We hear a lot about vulnerable migrants. We hear a lot less about what actually makes a migrant vulnerable. Can you only be vulnerable if you’re a woman, or a child, or the survivor of a traumatic experience? Is vulnerable something that only certain kinds of migrant can be?
Don Flynn Jun 20, 2016
The week opens with the shock of the brutal murder of Jo Cox still pervasive. Think about this during the final days of the referendum campaign.
    Baroness Sayeeda Warsi’s judgment of the tone of the referendum debate this morning is worth quoting at length. She said: “This kind of nudge-nudge, wink-wink xenophobic racist campaign may be politically savvy or politically useful in the short term, but it causes long-term damage to communities. “The vision that me and other Brexiters who have been involved right from the outset, who had a positive outward-looking vision of what a Brexit vote might mean, unfortunately those voices have now been stifled and what we see is the divisive campaign which has resulted in people like me and others who are deeply Euro sceptic and want to see a reformed relationship feel that they now have to leave.”
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