Legal aid residency tests ‘will leave migrant children destitute’

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Abandoned migrant and trafficked children will be left destitute and at risk of exploitation if the government goes ahead with a plan to introduce residency tests to determine whether they qualify for legal aid, child protection experts are warning.

The plan places further scrutiny on benefit guidelines in the UK. The European commission last week alleged that the UK’s use of residency tests to determine whether European Union migrants can claim benefits is a breach of EU law.

Now children’s charities fear that new residency measures for legal aid will leave many vulnerable young people without basic legal protection.

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