Child refugees forced to share rooms with adults after being wrongly deemed over 18 | The Independent


Exclusive: Alarm over quality of Home Office age assessments as hundreds placed in adult hotels and only moved to children’s services when charities intervene

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As many refugees or asylum seekers have little or no Identity documents, as they may have lost them on route, had them stolen, were unable to bring them for some reason or they deliberately discarded then so that their identity, age and country of origin are unknown. It is, therefore very difficult for the authorities in the preferred country in which the persons wish to reside to correctly identify the correct information of the persons.

Some could be assumed younger that they say, older than say or actually believed, so the 2 former could cause many problems, children being classified as adults causing a problem for the children or adults classified as children causing problems for any children with whom they are placed. Let alone any problems they may come across on their treks over many lands. These are the risks that refugees and asylum seekers put themselves in, but there would more likely be risks if they stayed were they were.

So great care has to be taken by all concerned.

Many are undertaking these journey due to circumstances outside their control, so being incorrectly age assessed increases their problems, as does the length of the process and in many instances the quality of the accommodation they are placed in, especially having to share rooms and even more so beds.

The process needs to be conducted quicker, and there certainly needs to be more monitoring while the process is being conducted.

In reality it would be more beneficial if the need to seek asylum or be refugees were not necessary in the first place, but the reasons they do are also numerous, including famine, climate change, influence of wars and other conflicts, etc.

So great care needs to be undertaking by all concerned, so that successful outcomes are realised.

Source: Child refugees forced to share rooms with adults after being wrongly deemed over 18 | The Independent

Long foodbank queues on Christmas Eve. – The poor side of life


A friend of mine that volunteers at a foodbank has just sent me the below images. They asked if their anonymity is kept and of course I’m respecting this. The photos were taken as they were a…

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Christmas Eve, the birth celebration of Christ, so we should all be equal, but here people are having to queue for food. This is not right and our Government has a ‘Duty of Care’ to ensure we all have the ability to obtain food without having to beg for it.

It is all our Duty to ensure that this Government ensures that we all can obtain food without having to beg, so make this Government be responsible and accountable to ensure that food is there for all by providing the means to make it possible.

This Government is not respecting the Human Rights of a proportion of the UK population and it needs to be made to do so, not only for Christmas, but throughout the lives of everyone.

 

Source: Long foodbank queues on Christmas Eve. – The poor side of life

Boris Johnson and staff pictured with wine in Downing Street garden in May 2020 | Boris Johnson | The Guardian


Exclusive: photograph raises fresh questions for No 10 after denial of a social event at time of Covid restrictions

 

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So many errors of judgement, but why are they surfacing now after a year or more has gone by. For if it was wrong now, it was wrong then, there has to be other motives other than the likelihood it could be wrong. Politics is a very dirty game and even friends are enemies, for there is no love lost in the political arena.

All of this is losing the degree of working together to overcome COVID, which is in all our interests, whether you believe in COVID or not and the vaccines.

Many are saying, if the political leaders are not adhering to the restrictions why should I, but this should not be the argument. For it is in all our benefits to adhere to the restrictions as ‘two wrongs does not make a right’.

As the negativity of others has to be overcome, by the positivity of those who are abiding by restrictions in the hope that those who are negative will see the light. If it does not be so, then there is no hope for the World and we will all perish, due to the misdeeds of those will not comply.

We need to get back to ‘normality’ or as close as we can be, for ones normal may not be another’s, whatever normal is.

 

 

Source: Boris Johnson and staff pictured with wine in Downing Street garden in May 2020 | Boris Johnson | The Guardian

Councils wasted £253 million fighting parents at the SEND Tribunal since 2014 reforms – Special Needs Jungle


The 2021 SEND Tribunal figures reveal the wasted £253 million cost of councils defending their poor EHCP decision-making against parents

 

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When Councils are saying that funding is short, then some will be thinking that defending at Tribunals is right to do so, but in all these instances the child in question should be the main priority, but when it is clear that a poor EHCP decision is the question then no challenge should be made. As this challenge is going against the interests of the child concerned, which is what all should be considering. So the challenge is more than likely futile, for not only is it a loss of vital money, but also against the interests of the child.

All it shows is that the respected councils have more interest in finance than the interests of the child and this should be made clear in the Tribunals decision process and those Council officers who took the decision to challenge should be made accountable. and suffer the consequences.

 

Source: Councils wasted £253 million fighting parents at the SEND Tribunal since 2014 reforms – Special Needs Jungle

Labour suspends Bootle branch that demanded Starmer resign over S*n column – SKWAWKBOX


Bootle Labour party unanimously called for Starmer to resign for cosying up with hated rag. Now branch that proposed motion has been suspended by Labour in what members regard as revenge attack Lab…


Politics can be and is very ‘dirty’ on all sides of the ‘House’ and at times the House appeasers to be a children’s playground and in doing so annoys the electorate and bring  politics disrepute, when it should be respected. The booing, shouting and many other actions causing the Speaker to request silence so persons talking can be heard, to me shows that none of the persons doing so are suitable to be MPs and certainly not deserved of respect.

I agree politics at elections need to but followed, but when MPs are elected the sole purpose should be to do what is required for their constituents no matter how they voted and also the best for the country, party politics should have no bearing, but many just voted down Party lines whether they be good for the country or not, the Party comes first when it should be constituents and country.

But this is the same the World over, but needs to be changed for all of our continued existence.

As to the current situation, I want honesty, which is in very short supply within the whole of Parliament, but expressly so with Boris and even Keir. Boris because he appears incapable to be honest, but that was clear well before he became Prime Minister, so why should we be surprised now, we got what we voted for, so in much respect the electorate is to blame.

But as to Keir I would never trust him, as he believes he is still in court supporting who is paying him, whether they be guilty or not, as that is his preferred profession.

Labour started as being the voice of working people, but over the years the defined ‘working people’ is not the people for whom the party was created for. It was for people who had no one speaking for them and did not have the resources themselves to pay out for someone. Now, many in Parliament have funds which the original Members could only dream about and have lost the ideals of why the Party was formed. It needs to go back to its roots, not just at the top but at every levels.

 

Source: Labour suspends Bootle branch that demanded Starmer resign over S*n column – SKWAWKBOX

If further Covid restrictions are needed, the debate could get uglier this time | Gaby Hinsliff | The Guardian


From Austria to Latvia, the current wave of Covid is seeing a backlash against unvaccinated people, says Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff

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This all rests with why people get vaccinated and to some extent why wearing face covering, previously this was down to people just safeguarding themselves, but with COVID there is now the question of safeguarding others.

As, by being vaccinated and with face coverings there is an element of not only reducing the catching of COVID, but, if you do, by being vaccinated and also wearing a face covering you will also be mitigating the risk of passing onto others.

Thereby, being looking to safeguard the community as well as oneself. We are not alone and the reason why excess vaccines should be sent to other nations to reduce the risk in those other countries and by doing so reducing the extent of mutations of COVID.

We all have Human Rights and by adhering to some others are affected, so consideration is of prime importance.

We all need to be considerate of others.
If further Covid restrictions are needed, the debate could get uglier this time | Gaby Hinsliff | The Guardian

Government imposes new restrictions to fight Omicron as first cases found in UK | Coronavirus | The Guardian


Masks made mandatory in shops and on buses and trains, while new arrivals must take PCR tests

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The wearing of masks in shops and on buses and trains was never officially withdrawn, but the mandatory aspect was. However, some transport operatives made their own rules, such as, Transport for London, where they stated it was a requirement to travel on their buses and the Tube, but was it ever legally enforceable. Perhaps it was not, but the public should have respected the wishes of the operators.

In other parts of the UK, except England, Scotland and others did retain the mandatory aspect. I feel it was a grave mistake from Boris Johnson, one of many, when the mandatory aspect was withdrawn. For those not wearing masks are not acting with respect to their fellow travellers.

In fact, in many aspects social distancing should also have been retained.

The coming of Omicron is a great worry, as should be the coninuance of COVID in England, but this appears to nhave been ignored by many in England, so please do not ignore Omicron, for if you do Lockdowns will have to be reimposed. In fact, the reimposition has never gone away and would always be brought in, but perhaps, too late, as other measurers have been.

At least, the mandatory reintroduction was not delayed and the travel restrictions also.

Yes, we have to learn to live with COVID, but not at the expense of lives lost. Lives are much more important than refusing to live with a few restrictions. So accept the restrictions and in doing so save lives.

The same is also relevant in having the COVID vaccinations and where eligible the COVID booster and any others which will come along.

 

Source: Government imposes new restrictions to fight Omicron as first cases found in UK | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Channel deaths: Priti Patel disinvited to meeting with France | Immigration and asylum | The Guardian


I implore both the UK and France, being Johnson and Macron to stop their ‘childish’ behaviours, and behave as they should be doing in a respectable manner for the Migrant crisis and even more so Channel crossings is not only urgent, but innocent lives are being lost.

This is so much more important than the squabbles between 2 countries as there is a ‘Duty of Care’ on both parties and even the EU. For if the EU wishes to be viewed as a responsible organisation it should be them who bring France and the UK together.

The migrant crisis needs to be sorted NOW as it has gone on for far too long.

Nothing can be decided until all parties are together, so Macron and Johnson act as the adults both of you should be.

 

Source: Channel deaths: Priti Patel disinvited to meeting with France | Immigration and asylum | The Guardian

More than 5,000 homes in England approved to be built in flood zones | Housing | The Guardian


Insurers raise alarm but builders say housing crisis leaves them with no choice

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No choice, of course there is always a choice for these homes could become uninsurable, unless builders build with sufficient flood defenses as the costs of dealing with floods should not be borne by householders and insurers.

Builders should have a ‘Duty of Care’ to their customers and if they are unwilling to abide by duty of care then legislate for them to do so.

Source: More than 5,000 homes in England approved to be built in flood zones | Housing | The Guardian