Public will examine main centre’s work

    The government is to be invited to give evidence to an inquiry
    into the services and facilities at the main processing centre for
    asylum applications.

    The “citizen’s inquiry”, launched by community organisation South
    London Citizens, will hear evidence from staff working at the
    Immigration and Nationality Directorate centre in Croydon, south
    London, and people using the service

    The group had decided to carry out the inquiry following reports of
    bad experiences from both sides, said group organiser Neil
    Jameson.

    He added that the inquiry would be independent as the group did not
    take government money, and said that ministers would have to take
    its findings seriously.

    The six-month inquiry will begin on 5 March and will be chaired by
    the former bishop of Southwark, Bishop Charles Henderson, and human
    rights lawyer Eleanor Sharpston QC. However, the inquiry has no
    statutory powers.

    The government will be invited to respond at a second hearing in
    June.

    • Interested parties should submit evidence by 28 February. Go to
      www.southlondoncitizens.org.uk

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