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‘Harmful’ immigration checks on bank accounts

Thursday, December 21, 2017

  

The Home Office has been urged by more than 60 MPs, academics and campaign groups to halt an “inhumane” new policy that will see banks required to check the immigration status of account holders from January.
 
An open letter to Amber Rudd — whose signatories include Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas, Labour MP David Lammy and human rights group Liberty – warns that the checks could see thousands wrongly blocked from using banking services, due to the Home Office’s “poor track record” of dealing with complaints and appeals in a timely manner.
 
The letter, seen exclusively by The Independent, also urges that the policy will be most harmful to BAME communities, and will increase the vulnerability of people who are already in precarious positions.
 
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