Slave Wages in Detention

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We are challenging the Home Office’s policy to cap, at £1 an hour, the work carried out by women and men in detention such as gardening, catering and cleaning. Our clients need this money to buy essentials including toiletries and phone credit.

These are slave wages for work which is essential to the running of the centres.  Our pre-litigation correspondence and high-profile exposure of this policy resulted in a commitment from the Home Office to review the policy.

The review was finally completed in April 2018. One of the options recommended was to increase the maximum pay cap to £1.15. Indeed, many of the suppliers (sub-contractors such as G4S and Serco) indicated that they would be happy to pay people in detention more.

Staggeringly, the Home Secretary rejected even this paltry increase.

Our clients argue that the pay cap policy remains unlawful, and have taken it to the High Court. A hearing is listed for 4-5 December 2018.

For more details on the challenge, see our press release.

In the media:

Immigration detainees mount legal challenge over £1-an-hour work

Home Office backed 'slave labour' pay for immigration detainees

Phil Miller writing in The Times 


Philip Armitage interviewed by Nick Ferrari on LBC Radio


Toufique Hossain writing in The Justice Gap


Diane Taylor writing in The Guardian about exposure of slave wages

Diane Taylor commenting in The Guardian about slave wages scandal