Review findings in limbo

    The Home Office has again refused to give a date for publication
    of the findings of the review of the asylum seekers voucher
    scheme.

    In a House of Commons written answer to a question from
    Aylesbury MP David Lidington earlier this week, the new junior Home
    Office minister Angela Eagle said the department was “considering
    the evidence” from the review and would announce its conclusions
    “in due course”.

    Meanwhile, a letter signed by the Local Government Association,
    the British Medical Association, Oxfam, the Refugee Council, the
    Transport and General Workers Union and children’s charities
    Barnardo’s and Save the Children UK appeared in the Guardian last
    week calling for “urgent consideration of the asylum vouchers
    scheme” leading to “fundamental change”.

    The review was announced in October 2000 following widespread
    opposition to the scheme among refugee groups, service providers
    and campaigners since its launch in April 2000. Campaigners had
    originally expected the outcome of the review to be published at
    the beginning of the year after tight deadlines were imposed on
    submissions.

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