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ASK YOUR MP TO CALL ON THE GOVERNMENT TO ACT ON OUR RECOMMENDATIONS:
- The profit element should be removed from children’s registration fee in all cases, including where their right to register continues into adulthood. Children should not be prevented from registering as British simply because they cannot afford it.
- Children who cannot afford the fee should be granted a waiver of the entire fee.
- Where a child is ‘looked after’ by a local authority, there should be a fee exemption. This would prevent the shifting of costs from central to local government.
Please write to your MP. Feel free to use this Template Letter to MP_June 2018, or write your own letter and include our Briefing on fees_Parliamentarians_2019. You can find out who is your MP and how you can meet or contact her or him at: http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/
Further reference material on children’s citizenship fees:
Amnesty UK Children’s Human Rights Network (CHRN) and PRCBC citizenship fee petition:
The ICIBI’s inspection report on fees and re-inspection on Good character requirement in children’s citizenship registration, April 2019
We are grateful to the Inspector for meeting us and for raising our concerns on children’s citizenship registration in connection with Home Office fees and in connection with the Good character requirement.
ICIBI report on Home Office Fees, published in April 2019
Home Office’s Response on Home Office’s Fees, published in April 2019
Amnesty UK Children’s Human Rights Network (CHRN) and PRCBC film clip on impact of Home Office citizenship registration fee upon children:
Commentary on British Nationality Bill 1981 parliamentary debates relating to citizenship fees, August 2018 (written by Steve Valdez-Symonds)
Briefing on children’s citizenship fees for peers:
Briefing on children’s citizenship fees for Westminster Hall debate on 4 September 2018:
Stuart McDonald MP calls for a fair fee regime to enable children to access their right to British citizenship:
Announcement on PRCBC children’s citizenship court challenge:
Press release of PRCBC children’s citizenship fee challenge:
Legal Voice: Children are being priced out of their rights
We are grateful to our funders:
The Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) for funding our previous legal research on fees and other related citizenship issues and our research on the application of the good character requirement in children’s citizenship registration.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation for funding a small part of our strategic work.
PRCBC, March 2019