|Rev Bob Pounder proposing motion|
Unitarians have expressed their serious concerns about the treatment of Destitute Asylum Seekers to
Damian Green MP Minister of State for Immigration at the Home Office
The following Resolution, proposed by Oldham Unitarian Chapel, was approved by the Annual Meeting of
the General Assembly in Swansea, Wales on 17 April 2011:
"That this General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches:
applauds this statement concerning asylum seekers by Kate Wareing, Director, UK Poverty, Oxfam on
February 4th, 2011:
"Thousands of people are being forced into destitution as a result of government policies. We must end
the policies that lead to destitution, and are unacceptable in the sixth richest country in the world".
recognises that such destitution affects tens of thousands of people currently resident in the United
holds that the United Kingdom government should change policies which lead to destitution and should
ensure a fair, efficient asylum system which protects the rights and dignity of all who use it.
 requests its Chief Officer to write to the Immigration Minister recommending that the United Kingdom
[4a] provide destitute asylum seekers with support to meet essential living needs: either until they
are returned to their country of origin or they are given permission to remain within the United Kingdom;
[4b] provide free access to healthcare for all asylum seekers while they are in the United Kingdom;
[4c] grant asylum seekers permission to work if their case has not been resolved within six months or
they have been refused, but temporarily cannot be returned through no fault of their own;
[4d] improve decision making and ensure that all those in need of protection receive it.
 encourages Unitarian and Free Christian congregations and every individual Unitarian to write to
their own MPs in furtherance of these proposals."
Implementation of the measures, as set out in [4a] to [4d], by the United Kingdom Government would go
some way to redress the current inequitable and unjust situation.
For further information on the Unitarian Campaign to support Destitute Asylum seekers please go to
For details of Oldham Unitarian's campaign go to: www.ukunitarians.org.uk/oldham/asylumindex.htm.
For further information contact Derek McAuley, Chief Officer
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