To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of individuals and families affected by the impact of the hostile environment policy.
5 July 2018
Successive Governments have brought forward measures to prevent illegal immigration and the misuse of public services and benefits.
Impact assessments on the Immigration Acts 2014 and 2016 were published during the passage of the legislation, and key compliant environment measures on immigration checks by employers and landlords have been the subject of public consultations.
Many checks, such as right to rent and right to work, are applicable to everyone in the UK on a non-discriminatory basis. Checks are often conducted independently of the Home Office and so it is not possible for the Government to accurately estimate the number of individuals who have been impacted by these measures.
However, it is right that we understand the impact of the compliant environment, and that safeguards are effective in protecting vulnerable persons and preventing unintended consequences for those lawfully in the UK.
In light of Windrush, we are reviewing our safeguards and recognise the need to put in place an evaluation scheme to do this.