Set Her Free

The above highlights just one example of the often flagrant disregard currently being shown to the welfare of vulnerable people seeking asylum in this country. A report published by the National Audit Office in July found that the new Serco contract, intended to cost £42m less than the previous one over its 11-year lifetime, have worsened certain services for detainees. New, stringent guidance from the Home Office, including sanctions for absconds, have initiated the practice of women being handcuffed on external hospital appointments, despite the fact that ‘no resident has ever absconded on a hospital visit’. 11% of women are, according to the NAO report, now being handcuffed on hospital trips, compared to 3% before, whilst some women are refusing to go to appointments at all because of the humiliation involved.