By Alison Scowen, Senior Public Affairs Manager
After two years of campaigning with expert charities who support slavery survivors, the courts have indicated they believe the 45 day limit on support for modern slavery survivors is potentially illegal. They’ve advised it should be subject to a full judicial review. If we assume it’s upheld further, the Government will have to change law and it’s policies.
Last month we told you about how we joined Anti-Slavery International, other organisations from the Free for Good campaign and two modern slavery survivors from Survivor Alliance, to hand deliver a petition to No 10 Downing Street.
The petition urged the UK Government to back the Lord McColl’s Bill and provide survivors of modern slavery with 12 months to recover. Currently, the Government only guarantees 45 days of support to potential victims whilst their cases are reviewed by the Home Office. This is to decide whether they’re deemed to have been a victim of this heinous crime.
In yesterday’s ruling, Mr Justice Julian Knowles suspended the 45-day cap on support and said it should be subject to a full judicial review by the end of June, which could see the controversial policy removed for good.
Modern slavery survivors now have a chance of real support and hope of a better future. I’d like to thank everyone who’s helped support our campaign.