source: DPG Law
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The PAP project came out of the general frustration at the frequency of unlawful government decisions being made that affect destitute migrants. There is simply insufficient numbers of legal aid solicitors to challenge each and every decision, leading to front-line workers having to spend time negotiating, cajoling, and attempting to refer cases where government decisions are clearly and unambiguously unlawful.
The PAP idea has been trialed with a small group of destitution workers at the British Red Cross in London, and it is fair to say the project works incredibly well! The Red Cross workers are immensely enthusiastic about the project.
They report it takes less time to do the work under the scheme than the negotiations they had previously done, and the outcomes are much better. Over the course of the last year just from the work done by this small team over 60 individuals and families being housed or rehoused directly as a result of the scheme. Additionally, since the scheme was commenced, the British Red Cross report that for particular issues there was systemic improvement in the way the Home Office dealt with cases.
The idea of the project is that the front line workers with ongoing supervision from DPG solicitors prepare formal “pre-action protocol” letters – called PAPs – which means if the government does not reverse their decision after receiving the letter, proceedings can be issued without further reference. As a result, government takes notice of these letters. Precedent letters have been prepared in an easy to adapt format.