DUBS COURT CASE
Find out about our Dubs Amendment court case with the government.
On the 20th June, Help Refugees took the British government to court over their failure to properly assess local councils’ capacity to take in unaccompanied minors under the Dubs Amendment.
Unfortunately, on 2nd November, the Royal Courts of Justice ruled against us on all counts. SIGN OUR PETITION against this decision today.
1. We stated that there had been no proper consultation with local authorities to assess how many places were available to accommodate the children. The divisional court said:
‘There is nothing in this which can show that the consultation process or the consideration of the results was unlawful’.
2. The Home Office had failed to move with the necessary speed. In a year and a half the government has only transferred around 245 children, all children who formerly resided in the Jungle Camp in Calais. There are still over 200 places available. The court said:
‘We are not prepared to hold that arrangements have not been made as soon as possible for this is not something within the control of the UK Government’.
3. We also argued that children considered for relocation had been denied fundamental procedural safeguards. Children were notified orally whether they were entitled to relocation or not and were given no reasons for refusal. The Court accepted the Home Office’s argument that ‘the process of deciding who should be transferred was not one to which normal considerations of procedural fairness could realistically apply’.
We have lodged an application to appeal. It is more important than ever that we fill all 480 places before Christmas, and continue to campaign to reopen the Dubs scheme. It was the pressure of campaigners like you who forced the government to start transferring children. And it was from pressure from people like you that the government increased the total number of Dubs children to 480. Please join us and sign this petition today:
We are demanding that the British government fill the remaining 200+ places as a matter of urgency. No Dubs child should have to sleep in a camp or on the streets this winter.
Please share this page calling for #DubsNow and sign our petition to put pressure on the government to bring more children to sanctuary in the UK.
Whatever happens, there are still 95,000 unaccompanied refugee children in Europe. We do our best to reach and help as many as possible. To help us help them, please donate now.