Sadly, you’re right. A huge 92% of the cases we saw which were initially refused were overturned on appeal. While it’s great that people were finally given the support they needed, these initial refusals meant even longer delays and stress for people who were already experiencing significant pressure and anxiety.

Ahmed’s initial application for support was refused even though he provided all the information required by the Home Office. In fact, he took the risk of contacting his bank in Libya despite the outbreak of civil war there to get the information that the Home Office required to prove that the scholarship he had been receiving from the Libyan government to study in the UK had been stopped. Despite this, the Home Office told him he had not provided sufficient evidence and refused him the support.

The refusal forced Ahmed and his wife into debt to care for their two young children. Luckily, the refusal was overturned on appeal – the conduct of the Home Office was even described by the judge in the case as “poor and wholly unexplained”. Ahmed is still struggling to repay the debts that the refusal led to, putting the family under continuing pressure to get by.

It doesn’t have to be like this. We want an asylum system that treats people with dignity and respect, not one that forces them into destitution. Please keep an eye out for more emails from us on how you can join us in the fight for #dignitynotdestitution