It is inexcusable. The Prime Minister has just hinted that he was unaware that the policies of his own government, which left tens of thousands of families on temporary visas in extreme poverty, refused vital support during the coronavirus crisis. He even went so far as to admit that politics was not fair.
This left Boris Johnson so troubled that he said he would look into the rules that prevent families on temporary visas from accessing essential supports like universal credit or housing assistance. For families struggling to feed their children or keep a roof over their heads, it is essential that it turns this embarrassment into action.
Boris Johnson has already admitted that the policy was not correct. But he will wait to see where the audience is and what we want them to do. We have to show him that the public wants this policy to be abandoned.
I call on Mr. Boris Johnson to remove this unfair rule so that EVERYONE is protected during the coronavirus crisis?
It is the job of the government to provide vital support to all who live in the UK, no matter how long you have lived here or what country you have been from. But for years the government has prohibited people who have lived here for less than ten years from claiming basic benefits like universal credit. Keeping this policy in place when the coronavirus overturns millions of lives is simply inexcusable. And Boris Johnson knows it.
“The people who have worked hard for this country, who live and work here, should receive some form of support. – Prime Minister Boris Johnson, questioned Wednesday by deputies.
The Prime Minister must follow these words with action and intervene now to abandon this policy before more families are destitute. A huge petition will show Boris Johnson that the public expects him to act now so that no one struggles to survive during the coronavirus crisis.
Dear Friends, by the fact that I have lived for almost 14 years in this country which I consider to be the son of this country and belonging to the great family of British peoples, I take this opportunity to this day to force the government to give up this policy. Will you sign the petition now?
Thank you all for your consideration and attention.
By Jenny Dakosta Van Mputu
Directeur Exécutif National
Human Rights Activist-Founder and National Executive Director of ‘No Impunity for the Congolese State’ (NICS) – Human Rights Organisation.
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