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Briefing for debate on Motion S4M-15116 Impact of the UK Immigration Bill on Scotland

By: Shelter Scotland  Published: January 2016


Summary

The Immigration Bill risks:
  • Unintentionally excluding households with a right to rent from the private rented sector.  We have called on the UK Government to commit to a fuller evaluation after full implementation in England, and to halt the proposed roll-out to Scotland until the impact has been more fully considered.

  • Leaving even those families with a right to rent at risk of eviction without any forewarning. We have therefore supported amendments allowing the tenant to apply to the court to challenge the landlord’s notice to quit and scope to challenge the eviction.

  • Leaving families and care leavers destitute, with little scope for Shelter Scotland or others to assist them. We have supported amendments that ensure the continuation of support for homeless families until they leave or are removed from the UK and a right of appeal against removal of support.