Six-monthly survey reveals serious gaps in detainees’ access to legal advice and representation

21 June 2018
BID's survey is the only data collected on the availability of legal advice and representation in immigration detention.

Six-monthly survey reveals less than half of those questioned have a legal representative

5 December 2017

New research published today by the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) reveals that access to legal representation for those held in immigration detention is seriously lacking. 

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.

Legal Advice for Foreign Nationals a lottery – BID

12 June 2017

New research published today by the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) shows that access to legal advice for people detained under immigration powers remains at a critically low level.

UK cuts legal aid to immigrants, report claims

9 December 2016

Half of immigrants held in Britain's detention centers do not have legal representation due to cuts in legal aid, according to a report that criticized the U.K.'s treatment of asylum-seekers and refugees.

‘Unacceptable’ lack of representation for detainees

9 December 2016

Nearly half of immigration detainees do not have legal representation, according to latest research from an independent charity, which says the figure is ‘at odds’ with the British value of the rule of law.

Half of immigration detainees still without legal representation

9 December 2016

As many as 1 in 5 people held in Immigration Removal Centres have never had legal representation during their detention, according to new data from BID.

Half of immigration detainees in UK have no representation because of legal aid cuts, report finds

2 December 2016

Cuts to legal aid have left thousands of immigrants held in UK detention centres to manage their case by themselves.

Up to one quarter of detainees have never had legal representation - BID

15 March 2016

As many as 1 in 4 people held in immigration detention have never had legal representation during their detention, according to research published today [Tuesday 15th March]by Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID).

BID publishes latest Legal Advice Survey results

10 September 2015

As many as half of all detainees may not have access to legal representation, according to BID’s latest legal advice survey. The tenth edition of BID’s six-monthly survey, carried out in May this year, spoke to 136 people currently detained under Immigration Act powers. Of them, 50% didn’t currently have a legal representative.

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.  

Latest set of findings from BID's survey of legal representation across the UK detention estate

13 September 2013

Every six months for the last three years BID has carried out a survey of legal representation across the UK detention estate. We ask detainees whether they have a solicitor at the time we speak to them, how they found that solicitor, whether they pay fees for advice or have legal aid, and what work their solicitor has done for them.  

Latest BID & ICAR survey

30 June 2011

Latest BID & ICAR survey finds detainees now less aware of the free 30 minutes legal advice scheme in IRCs, and 32% of those using the DDA scheme wait one week or more for appointment

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. 

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) is a registered Charity No. 1077187. Registered in England as a Limited Company No. 03803669. Accredited by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner Ref. No. N200100147. We are a member of the Fundraising Regulator, committed to best practice in fundraising and follow the standards for fundraising as set out in the Code of Fundraising Practice.
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