The Government has ignored social workers, children’s rights campaigners, more than 100,000 members of the public and the House of Lords and revived plans to let councils opt out of more than 80 years of child protection laws.
Leaked Home Office documents have today revealed that Theresa May planned to 'deprioritise' school places for children of illegal migrants when Home Secretary.
Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “This was a dangerous, mean-spirited and small-minded proposal. The Prime Minister should be building a fair, inclusive nation for us all – instead she still seems bent on fuelling mistrust and discrimination.
Liberty Director Martha Spurrier has held her first meeting with her counterpart at sister organisation the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – in the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory and the passing of the UK’s Snoopers’ Charter.
The meeting in New York saw Martha and Anthony Romero, the ACLU’s Executive Director, discuss the acute threats to rights and freedoms on both sides of the Atlantic.
Following the passing of the Investigatory Powers Bill by Parliament, Bella Sankey, Policy Director for Liberty, said:
"The passage of the Snoopers' Charter through Parliament is a sad day for British liberty. Under the guise of counter-terrorism, the state has achieved totalitarian-style surveillance powers – the most intrusive system of any democracy in human history. It has the ability to indiscriminately hack, intercept, record, and monitor the communications and internet use of the entire population.
In response to Peers voting against Government plans to allow local councils to opt out of over 80 years of child protection legislation, Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said:
“Our child protection laws are the result of a century of learning, public debate and parliamentary scrutiny – but, with no research or proper consultation, this Government has decided they are dispensable.
The Government faces Lords opposition on Monday (31 October) as peers debate its widely criticised attempt to harvest school children’s nationality data – with peers expected to challenge and condemn the policy.
Since September 2016, schools and colleges in England have been required by the Department for Education (DfE) to ask parents if their children are foreign nationals and where they were born.
Ealing, Brighton and Hove and Oxford City Councils are the latest local authorities to throw their support behind the Dubs scheme for unaccompanied refugee children – and to demand the Government urgently provide them with the resources they need to support children arriving in the UK from Calais and beyond.