Earlier this year, the government introduced a resident’s test which bars anyone, not a lawful resident for at least a year, from accessing legal aid.
Kamena Dorling, head of policy and programme at children’s charity, Coram, which offers support and assistance to young people, including those in Havering, explained the test affects current and failed asylum seekers.
Yes, no doubt. Isn’t that its purpose?
She said: “The residents test removes legal aid from a group of people.”
“I also think it will affect a much larger group than anyone would agree.”
*shrugs* So what?
The charity had seen a drop in the amount of cases it could help when legal aid support was first removed from certain areas of immigration law under the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.
Ah, I see. God forbid you fail to get handouts of taxpayer money to foist more refugees on us, eh, Kamena?
Kamena added that communities could see “increased levels of destitution and homelessness and people going underground.”
But we could also see decreased levels of economic refugees. Maybe ‘communities’ would be quite happy about that?