Some of you may remember the case of Gloria, which we discussed here a couple of months ago,
We’re happy to be able to share some good news: she has now been granted indefinite leave to remain, following our advocacy to ensure that she benefitted from the terms of the Home Office’s recently introduced ‘concession’, and so now has recourse to public funds, and is able to begin planning for her baby’s imminent arrival.
It took the Home Office the best part of 10 months to process what was essentially a very straightforward renewal application, along with ongoing advocacy and the threat of formal complaint action on our part, Gloria being faced with street homelessness while pregnant, purely as a consequence of the Home Office’s administrative incompetence. But for our intervention, it looks certain that she would still be awaiting the Home Office’s decision, and so left in a situation of precariousness and destitution in the country she has lived in for 2 decades, since the age of 6.
Examples like this are a perfect illustration of the crucial importance of a access to free, competent legal representation. And this is exactly why we, again, will be partnering tonight with the Midland Legal Support Trust on the Birmingham Legal Walk, looking to raise finds for organisations like ours, providing free legal advice to protect the rights of those who would otherwise be unable to afford it.
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