On the day that the Immigration Bill is formally introduced, CSAN has called on the Government to ensure that “vulnerable individuals are not put at risk of harm as a result of their legal status” and called on the Government to “take every necessary step to ensure that stigma or prejudice is not exacerbated”.
CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network), the domestic social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has voiced its concern about the proposed Immigration Bill claiming that it “could lead to minority groups struggling to access healthcare and find housing”.
CSAN’s Chief Executive, Helen O’Brien said:
“We are deeply concerned about any restriction on access to healthcare. Safeguards must be in place to ensure that vulnerable individuals are not put at risk of harm as a result of their legal status. This is particularly crucial in cases such as pregnancy or when someone has been the victim of domestic abuse.”
“We are also anxious to ensure that new checks on eligibility for housing do not increase homelessness or unduly deter landlords from renting to migrants.”
“It is vital that any forthcoming legislation takes account of the positive contribution of migrants to the UK. Every step must be taken to ensure that stigma or prejudice is not exacerbated as a consequence of these changes.”
CSAN’s Public Affairs Officer, Liam Allmark added:
“The practice of requiring landlords, banks and doctors to check identity documents has the potential to result in discrimination and could lead to minority groups struggling to access healthcare and find housing.”
“We are very concerned that these proposals run the risk of causing obstruction and inconvenience to British citizens as well risking individuals’ basic wellbeing”
Notes to Editors
1) CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) is the domestic social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. CSAN comprises over 40 Catholic Charities which work across England and Wales supporting children living in poverty, homeless people, disabled people, travellers, migrants, refugees, prisoners and other marginalised groups.