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A day in the lives of BID clients: examples of Home Office and Tribunal decision-making

13 June 2018

What follows is just a sample of the kinds of decisions that our clients are faced with on a daily basis.  Yesterday’s incidents are not particularly unusual but might shock those not familiar with the travesty of immigration detention.  

First Experiences as a BID Volunteer

16 May 2018

A piece written by one of BID's volunteers Jessye Corcoran Dodds, a recent graduate of BA in Social Anthropology from Queen's University Belfast featured in the April 2018 issue of our e-newsletter.

Supreme Court Judgment in B v SSHD

8 February 2018

Supreme Court unanimously rules that the Home Office cannot impose bail on someone who it cannot lawfully detain

First Impressions of Morton Hall IRC

7 February 2018

From one of BID's volunteers Jack Fowler, currently studying for a Graduate Diploma of Law at The University of Law featured in the January issue of our e-newsletter.

Parallel Reality

8 November 2017

A piece written byGeorge Collecot, one of BID's volunteers and LLB Law student at King's College London about his experiences assisting detainees at BID's workshops in Morton Hall and The Verne Immigration Removal Centres featured in the July issue of our e-newsletter.

Out-of-country Appeals Ruled Unlawful

30 August 2017

In the shadow of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the terrorist attack in Finsbury Park, a significant judgment from the Supreme Court was promulgated, largely unnoticed.  And yet its repercussions are significant for foreign national ex-offenders facing deportation from this country.  

Initial Impressions of Yarl’s Wood

7 August 2017

A piece written by Annahita Moradi, a former BID Volunteer and future pupil barrister at 4 Breams Buildings featured in the July issue of our e-newsletter.

The Freedom Lottery

1 August 2017

A piece written by Isaac Ricca-Richardson, BID Volunteer and future BPTC student at BPP featured in the July issue of our e-newsletter.

Government Detention Statistics

5 July 2017

BID’s Policy and Research Manager John Hopgood on the findings of BID’s latest Legal Advice Survey, and the government’s published data on detention.

“The shortest possible time, and to effect removal”

10 March 2017

BID’s Policy and Research Manager, John Hopgood, takes a look at the numbers that belie the government’s policy on detention.

Detention of EU Nationals at record high – BID

23 February 2017

The government’s latest immigration statistics, released this morning, show that detention of EU nationals hit an all-time high during the last three months of 2016.

To work or not to work?

15 February 2017

From one of BID's volunteers - Charalampos Stylogiannis

What gave you hope in the fight against detention in 2016?

15 December 2016

What gave you hope in the fight against detention in 2016, and how are you planning to use that hope in 2017?

Unlawful bail accommodation delays

10 August 2016

BID’s Assistant Director Pierre Makhlouf reflects on a recent high court decision finding that aspects of the Government’s approach to providing bail accommodation for immigration detainees are unlawful:

Comment – closure of Cedars removal centre

22 July 2016

BID is deeply concerned by the government’s announcement – on the last day before the parliamentary recess – that Cedars pre-departure accommodation is to be closed and that families facing removal from the UK will instead be held at new accommodation at Tinsley House Removal Centre.

Supreme Court judgment in the case of “O”

27 April 2016

Today (Wednesday 27th April, 2016), the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in the case of “O” vs the Secretary of State for the Home Department. The case considered issues relating to the detention of people with mental illnesses, and the management of their conditions while in detention. BID’s Assistant Director Pierre Makhlouf reflects on the case and what the judgment means:

Amendment to the Immigration Bill on time limits for detention

16 March 2016

Last night, the House of Lords agreed to an amendment that would, for the first time, introduce a time limit on the use of immigration detention in some circumstances. BID's Policy and Research Manager John Cox speaks about what this move might mean for people in detention:

BID secures release of Home Office country returns guidance

6 January 2016

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) has succeeded in persuading the HO to reverse its decision to redact particular parts of its Country Returns Documentation Guide. Having initially refused to release the full document in response to a Freedom of Information request – a decision subsequently upheld by the Information Commissioner – the matter was resolved on the first day of the hearing of an appeal brought by BID to the First-tier Tribunal.

Families separated by immigration detention losing out from Legal Aid cuts - BID report

24 September 2015

As the Government launches its new Immigration Bill, Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) today published its latest report that analyses the impact that cuts to legal aid have had on families.

Labour Party backs time limit for immigration detention in the UK - but not for all detainees

26 March 2015

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) welcomes Yvette Cooper’s announcement that the Labour Party would introduce a time limit on immigration detention.  We agree with Yvette Cooper that detention “can be deeply scarring”.  

Prison efficiency savings and more restricted regimes

18 March 2015

Prison efficiency savings and more restricted regimes: bad news for immigration detainees held in prison estate

Access to justice for immigration detainees held in prison estate

16 March 2015

Article by BID for the IMB Independent Monitor on access to justice for immigration detainees held in prison estate

Parliament’s Justice Committee: legal aid cuts ‘failed to target help where needed’

12 March 2015

Parliament’s Justice Committee has published a damning report, which finds that the Government has ‘limited access to justice for some of those who need legal aid the most.’ (1)

New European research report calls on Governments to implement alternatives to detention

6 March 2015

The Odysseus Network has published a new report on the use of alternatives to immigration detention in 13 EU member states, including the UK. The report notes with concern that: 

BID shares concerns of UK parliamentarians about the use of immigration detention

3 March 2015

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) welcomes the publication of the report of the Joint Inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Refugees and Migration into the use of immigration detention in the UK. This wide-ranging, careful, timely, and compassionate inquiry rightly took as its starting point the powerful testimony of those who have lost their liberty through administrative detention in the immigration removal centres and prisons of the UK. 

BID calls for immigration detention be subject to regular, automatic judicial oversight & time limit

27 February 2015

There is currently no maximum period in the UK for the detention of foreign nationals under immigration powers.  The UK is alone in Europe in having no upper limit on detention.

BID welcomes the recent judgment in the High Court in the case of Idira v SSHD [2014]

24 December 2014

BID welcomes the recent judgment in the High Court in the case of Idira v SSHD [2014] EWHC 4299 about the detention of immigration detainees in prisons rather than immigration removal centres.

Legal aid cuts: BID submits evidence to parliament's Justice Committee

14 December 2014

1st December was the final deadline for evidence to the Justice Committee's inquiry on the April 2013 legal aid cuts. The committee are now writing up their report, which will be published in the new year. BID's response sets out fresh evidence on the impact of the legal aid cuts on detainees. As we explain, very many detainees cannot pay for legal representation, and lack the legal knowledge to properly prepare their own cases.

A report criticises UK Government for detaining migrant children and separating families​

19 November 2014

'State of Children’s Rights in England' report criticises UK Government for detaining migrant children and separating families

BID gives oral evidence to the parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK

17 November 2014

On 6th November BID provided oral evidence to the APPG on Refugees and APPG on Migration parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK. BID's Dr Adeline Trude gave evidence to the panel on current difficulties faced by detainees in IRCs and prisons in getting access to immigration legal advice throughut their time in detention, the harsh conditions and barriers to communication with courts and lawyers experienced by the hundreds of detainees who are held in the prison estate outside statutory guidance and safeguards, and the delays of weeks or months in provison by the Home Office of Section 4(1)(c) bail addresses which stop detainees seeking release on bail. 

BID comments on Family Returns Panel's report

9 October 2014

On 9/10/14, the Independent Family Returns Panel published their Annual Report for 2012-14 - download this here. The panel advises the Home Office on the immigration detention of children and forcible removal of families from the UK. 

New BID report on bail address delays

25 September 2014

New BID report on bail address delays 'No place to go: delays in Home Office provision of Section 4(1)(c) bail accommodation '

New BID report on the hidden use of prisons for immigration detention

15 September 2014

Today BID is publishing a new report 'Denial of Justice: the hidden use of UK prisons for immigration detention'.

Latest Home Office travel document timescales grid now available

8 September 2014

Latest Home Office travel document timescales grid now available via BID Freedom of Information Act request, August 2014

Only 2 convictions for non-cooperation with the Home Office re-documentation process during 2013

29 August 2014

Only 2 convictions for non-cooperation with the Home Office re-documentation process during 2013, BID FOI request reveals

Focus on the quality of asylum legal advice in the UK

29 August 2014

This week BID was interviewed for research currently being conducted into the quality of legal advice for asylum seekers, with reference to the position of immigration detainees.  

BID publishes briefing on legal aid 'Residence Test'

1 July 2014

Today, 1st July, the House of Commons Delegated Legislation Committee will debate the legal aid 'residence test.' Last week, BID sent a briefing to committee members highlighting the very damaging effect which the proposed residence test would have on immigration detainees.

Death of a detainee in HMP The Verne, Dorset

11 June 2014

On 4th June, a man detained under Immigration Act powers in a Dorset prison was found dead in his cell. The Independent reports that: 'Sources said the prison authorities “strongly” believed that he died of natural causes, but Dorset Police would only say his death had been “sudden” and that the matter had now been referred to the coroner.'

BID responds to Justice Committee Inquiry on legal aid cuts

16 May 2014

On 30th April, BID responded to an inquiry from parliament's Justice Committee on the impact of the April 2013 legal aid cuts. The Justice Committee published our evidence this week.

Detained casework - the role of Capita Business Services

12 November 2013

BID's legal casework now indicates that staff employed by Capita Business Services have ‘ownership’ of a cohort of detained cases.   BID clients have received letters to that effect signed by ‘Capita Detained Casework Team, on behalf of the Home Office’, based at the Home Office National Removals Centre at Solihull.

Bail for Immigration Detainees intervenes in unlawful detention case

1 November 2013

BID has been granted permission to intervene before the Court of Appeal in the case of David Francis (C4/2013/2215B)(on appeal from the High Court of Justice, His Honour Judge McKenna [2013] EWHC 2115 (Admin).

BID’s survey of legal advice across the detention estate

3 October 2013

We remain concerned at the length of time detainees in many Immigration Removal Centres have to wait in order to see a solicitor at the legal advice surgeries provided by the Legal Aid Agency.  

Further cuts to legal aid would mean detainees could not challenge ill-treatment

3 October 2013

In the Ministry of Justice’s ‘Transforming Legal Aid’ consultation, which was published in April 2013, a residence test was proposed for foreign nationals. 

First UK study finds 200 children split from parents in immigration detention

19 April 2013

The first UK study of its kind, published by BID today, examines the cases of 111 parents who were separated from 200 children by immigration detention. The UK Border Agency repeatedly failed to safeguard children when detaining their parents, with appalling consequences for the children concerned. The report ‘Fractured Childhoods: the separation of families by immigration detention’ can be downloaded a the bottom of this page.

ECtHR Abdi v. the United Kingdom (no. 27770/08)

9 April 2013

ECtHR judgment in Abdi, BID intervened. Finding of Art 5 breach, real though limited compensation for unlawful detention

Government response to consultation on draft CPS code of practice on adult conditional cautions​

2 April 2013

Foreign national offenders - government response to consultation on draft CPS code of practice on adult conditional cautions

Foreign national offenders and the introduction of a Payment by Results system for rehab work

15 March 2013

Totally ignored: foreign national offenders and the introduction of a Payment by Results system for rehabilitation work

Litigants in Person vs. Self-Represented Litigants

13 March 2013

Litigants in Person vs. Self-Represented Litigants: a view from immigration bail hearings in light of new guidance on terminology from the Master of the Rolls

New ILPA briefing on mental health & detention

20 December 2012

New ILPA briefing on mental health & detention produced following BID and AVID meeting with Dept of Health & UKBA

Recommendations from BID's new report on bail decision making, 'The Liberty Deficit'

20 December 2012

In our first report on bail decision making ('A Nice Judge on a Good Day: Immigration bail and the right to liberty ' (2010) available to download at end of page), we touched on the inability of the bail system to respond adequately to the needs of foreign national ex-prisoners. 

New UKBA guidance 'Standard paragraphs for bail summaries' December 2012

18 December 2012

UKBA has published brand new guidance for Criminal Casework Directorate caseowners on the standard paragraphs available for use in bail summaries.

New BID research report on bail decision making and long-term detention, 'The Liberty Deficit'

6 December 2012

New BID research report on bail decision making and long-term detention, 'The Liberty Deficit: long-term detention and bail decision-making'

Update on important legal cases

5 December 2012

We've compiled a summary of important new legal cases on immigration and detention, with links to the full judgments: 

BID intervenes in Home Office challenge to limit private law claim for unlawful detention

27 March 2012

BID was granted permission by the Court of Appeal to intervene and to make oral submissions in the case of BA & Others, the hearing for which was held on 13 March. 

Former client of BID granted refugee status

20 March 2012

A former client of BID’s who was held in immigration detention for over 18 months was finally granted refugee status last month.

Visit to Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre

20 January 2012

Wednesday the 18th of January saw my first visit to an Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) in my capacity as a trustee of Bail for Immigration Detainees. 

Inspectorate report on UKBA and foreign national ex-offenders

1 November 2011

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) welcomes the recent Inspection Report released by John Vine, the Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), detailing his findings and recommendations following an assessment of the UKBA’s efficacy and efficiency in managing and using its powers to deport Foreign National Prisoners (FNPs)

Superceded 2003 bail guidance for adjudicators along with timeline of use - for reference

18 July 2011

A few people have contacted BID recently looking for the 2003 'Bail Guidance Notes for Adjudicators from the Chief Adjudicator'. 

Revised immigration bail guidance for immigration judges

7 July 2011

Revised immigration bail guidance for immigration judges released by President of the First Tier Tribunal of the Immigration & Asylum Chamber

BID has published new research on detention of children

25 May 2011

BID and The Children's Society have published a new report on detention of children, titled ‘Last resort or first resort? Immigration detention of children in the UK.' Please follow the links for the report and the executive summary.

Judgment handed down on unlawful detention of foreign national ex-offender - SK (Zimbabwe) v SSHD​

25 May 2011

Judgment handed down on unlawful detention of foreign national ex-offender after the Home Office failed to carry out regular detention reviews as required - SK (Zimbabwe) v SSHD

BID's comments to Independent Chief Inspector of UKBA on forthcoming joint and thematic inspections

16 May 2011

BID's comments to Independent Chief Inspector of UKBA on forthcoming joint and thematic inspections - immigration casework and Detained Fast Track

Outcry! partnership between BID and The Children's Society on child detention comes to an end

11 May 2011

The OutCry! partnership between The Children's Society and Bail for Immigration Detainees, that made such a vital contribution to campaigning for an end to the immigration detention of children, has come to a close. The funding for the partnership came to an end last month.

Judgment handed down on unlawful detention of mother separated from her children

19 April 2011

Based on extensive experience with families separated by immigration detention, BID provided a witness statement to the court in this case.

OutCry! response to Nick Clegg's announcement on the detention of children

16 December 2010

The OutCry! campaign is delighted that Nick Clegg has set out a timetable to end the abhorrent practice of detaining children in removal centres.  We particularly welcome the immediate closure of the family unit at Yarl's Wood. The government is to be commended for taking seriously the need to put children's welfare at the centre of the asylum process.

BID & ICAR new survey on level of legal representation among detainees

12 November 2010

BID and the Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees are working together on a survey on nationwide level of legal representation among detainees.  Results are expected to be published in December 2010. 

Immigration detainees failed by bail process - new BID report

14 July 2010

Human rights organisation Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) has called for a major rethink of the immigration bail process. BID's latest research report ‘’A nice judge on a good day: immigration bail and the right to liberty’, launches tomorrow in Parliament at an event hosted by Simon Hughes MP and addressed by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC. The report examines the entire bail process, which for many detainees is their only opportunity to challenge their detention.

BID and The Children's Society comment on child detention figures

1 August 2009

The Control of Immigration: Quarterly Statistical Summary (April-June 2009), released by the Home Office, contains for the first time more comprehensive figures about children held in immigration detention.

Alternatives to immigration detention of families and children

1 July 2006

Alternatives to immigration detention of families and children

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