Bail accommodation system ruled “systemically unfair”
BID speaks with Free Movement about this landmark High Court case for which BID provided three witness statements
2 September 2020
"The system has been broken from the outset and has caused untold suffering to people held in detention. The distress and sense of injustice experienced by our clients when granted bail by the court only to be forced to remain in detention because of a dysfunctional accommodation system is unacceptable and unnecessary. The Home Office needs to act with urgency to ensure that people detained unlawfully, because of the lack of bail accommodation are now released. Of 163 BID cases heard by the First-tier Tribunal between 23 March 2020 and 28 August, 147 people were granted bail of which 75 (51%) were granted bail in principle. 20 of our clients are still detained despite having been granted bail in principle. They should be immediately granted accommodation and released on bail."