In March 2021 the government published its ‘New Plan for Immigration’ alongside a consultation on new immigration rules. The consultation ends on May 6th at 11.45am. It has been a rapid process and the questions within the consultation itself are confusing.
St Augustine’s stand against these plans. We believe they are a hodgepodge of cruel measures that are irrelevant to government’s own failing system and will inhibit people who are fleeing war and persecution, to rebuild a life in the UK.
The plan itself is long and difficult to read.
- Read this BBC article with comments from refugee organisations.
- Look at these 6 slides (press the arrows to scroll through) below for an excellent short visual summary from Mafwa Theatre.
1 Sign these petitions
- Choose Love
- Safe Passage
2 Sign St Augustine’s Centre’s organisational response to the consultation
In our response we focus on promoting positive stories, the welcoming work of our community and our vision for a just and humane asylum system.
3 Email your MP and Britain Thinks
The consultation is being run by Britain Thinks (an insight consultancy that specialises in elections) on behalf of the government. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to complain about the process itself and voicing the following suggested concerns.
You can also write to your local MP, raising the following suggested concerns:
- The consultation is only running for 6 weeks (Government guidelines state that consultations should be run over a 12 week period). These six weeks include Easter holidays, a May bank holiday and is been run during a pre-election period (elections for Local Government, Mayoral and devolved nations).
- The document is only in English and Welsh, many people with lived experience will therefore be unable to respond.
- The questions are leading and do not allow for meaningful answers. The claims made in the Immigration Plan itself are not based on evidence and the consultation itself has been designed in order to lead people to endorse the plan.
- The consultation is poorly designed and the sign-up process makes it incredible inaccessible.
- The consultation ends on the 6th May, the Government intends to announce the Bill in the Queen’s Speech on the 11th May. It will be impossible for the Government to fully take account of the consultation responses in 4 days. A consultation should be an opportunity to hold the Government to account – it is in fact a sham.
4 Respond to the consultation as an individual
ANYONE can submit a response to the consultation by 11.45am Thursday 6th May.
The more people that submit a response, the more our voices and messages are heard. However, this will take time so please do not worry if it’s not for you.
You can find helpful guidance from Amnesty International and Solidaritee who guide you through question by question and give advice on how to best answer. And here’s a helpful guide if you need more information on how.
5 Share this page with friends and family
Send this webpage to friends and family and encourage them to get involved too.
We can’t be sure that the government will listen. But it is worth trying to show the strength of feeling against their hostile plans.
Thank you for standing with us and our community. We remain committed to building a welcoming environment here in Calderdale, and thank you for your support and positivity in challenging circumstances.
St Augustine’s Centre