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Charity data ‘being used to deport homeless’

HOMELESSNESS charities are being used by the Home Office to get data that could be used to deport non-UK rough sleepers, it has been claimed.

Information is sent without individuals’ consent and in breach of EU privacy laws, reports The Observer. It comes after a plan to deport EU rough sleepers was ruled unlawful by the High Court last year.

The Rough Sleeper Support Service was set up to help councils assess individuals’ status and entitlements. But human rights group Liberty says Whitehall emails it obtained raise fears the data could be used for immigration enforcement, a move it labelled ‘beyond contempt’.

The Home Office said the trial scheme is used to ‘resolve the immigration status of non-UK nationals sleeping rough by granting lawful status or to assist them in leaving the UK, where appropriate’.