Legal aid to be reinstated for immigration matters for unaccompanied and separated child migrants
Yesterday saw the legal aid minister, Lucy Frazer QC, announce another climbdown by the government (Hansard
HC Written Statement HCWS853, 12 July 2018
): after a five-year campaign led by the charity the Children’s Society, legal aid for unaccompanied and separated child migrants in non-asylum cases will be reinstated.
Matthew Reed, chief executive of the Children’s Society, said in a statement that the organisation was ‘delighted with this excellent news. This is an important change in policy which will go a long way to protecting some of the most marginalised and vulnerable young people in our communities’ (‘Legal aid decision offers new hope for unaccompanied migrant children
’, Children’s Society press release, 12 July 2018). He also commended the government for making the change.
In her written statement, Frazer said an amendment to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 would be laid after all interested parties had been consulted.