Imagine life in limbo, waiting for years for a decision from UK Border Agency, unable to work, unable to study, surviving with no income, no benefits, nothing. That’s the situation for people supported through the Leeds Hardship Fund (http://lassn.pir2.info/leeds_hardship_fund.htm), who get just £25 per week for four weeks to help them survive the in the worst of the British winter.
Last week one man in this situation rang UKBA from LRF to ask how long it would be before a decision was made on his case (outstanding since 2004). The UKBA officer said “it would be decided in due course”. The man repeatedly asked when that would be – a month, six months, a year? But was only given the same bland answer – “in due course”. He has had his MP asking on his behalf, his solicitor asking repeatedly, all to no avail. He was in tears after the phone call. He is not unique in this situation.