Summer of Love

Those of a certain age know that 1989 was the real summer of love, but we’ll do our best….

Today we have launched our ‘summer of love’ campaign. Thanks to all the members and supporters who have contributed.

Whilst families have been heading off to the beach or for trips out, our thoughts have been with our families, sitting at home alone hoping that one day their partners will arrive and their families will be complete.

The summer is something that we Brits enjoy sharing together, but the reality is for so many of us, whether alone or forced into single parenthood, the summer is something we simply survive.

Coming towards the end of summer, we want to both celebrate our families and loved ones and the love we share for each other, but also highlight the struggles we experience due to the UK family visa rules.

We will be posting things in relation to #summeroflove over the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled and turn on notifications! We are excited to share what we’ve been working on with you.

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Some of our members :

Did you know…?

Did you know….?

Remember the 3 S’s – slash the costs, scrap the MIR, simplify the rules :

Remember the 10th anniversary of the MIR :

In other news, check these out :

Woman awaiting spouse visa ‘can’t afford to live’ (BBC) An awful and unfortunately familiar story, although this seems to have a happy ending : ‘Since publication Ms Payne’s spouse visa application has been successful.’ Sometimes making noise helps.

Energy bills forecast to reach £7,700 average from next year in latest expert price cap prediction (ITV) ‘The worst outlook predicted yet comes after yesterday’s announcement the energy price cap will be hiked by 80%, as the gas and electricity market shows no sign of cooling down.’

Cost of living crisis: ‘Heartbreaking’ choices that Britons will have to make this winter revealed in new poll (Sky News)
‘Millions of people in the UK will not turn their heating on this winter because of rising energy bills, a survey suggests.
‘The poll, commissioned by the Liberal Democrats, showed 23% of adults plan to take this drastic move, rising to 27% for those with children at home.
‘The results also showed 23% would be forced to use credit cards to pay their bills – up to 33% for parents – while one in 10 will take out a loan to cover the higher costs.’

UK treatment of Afghan refugees ‘continues to be source of shame’ (Guardian) ‘MoD sources accuse other parts of Whitehall of failing to do enough to help Afghans who worked with British forces’

50,000 Ukrainian refugees in UK facing homelessness ‘disaster’ next year (Guardian) ‘No new support packages offered to Homes for Ukraine sponsors as the first group of six-month placements is set to come to an end’

‘There are lies, damn lies, and then there is Home Office propaganda about migrants’ (Kenan Malik in the Guardian)

Manchester coalition against the hostile environment :
‘The hostile environment is not new. We may commemorate its official 10 year anniversary this year, but the roots go back further, as do the groups who organised this event. Most of them have many, many years of experience of dealing with the immigration and asylum system, and this experience will be crucial in the coming struggles for justice.’

Indonesia to investigate claims fruit pickers charged thousands to work in Kent (Guardian)

Number of non-Europeans moving to UK for work soars as EU migrants plummet (Financial Times) ‘Shift in recipients of record 1.1mn visas partly explained by Brexit’s effect on NHS workforce’

The other Death Valley: hundreds of migrants are dying in remote Texas deserts (Guardian) ”Immigration policies have forced desperate people to traverse inhospitable landscapes along the US-Mexico border”

Japan’s refugee System on trial: Treatment of Ukrainians belies refugee protection principles (

EU split on visa ban for Russians (Deutsche Welle) ‘EU defense ministers are searching for a unified approach as to whether the bloc should ban Russian tourists. A visa agreement could be suspended.’

What was it like to come to England in decades past…?

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