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Refugee Council 

The Refugee Council, which provides essential and in some cases life-saving support to asylum seekers, refugees and their children, has had its budget cut by 62 percent.

The Refugee Integration and Employment Service, a part of the Refugee Council that helps people to integrate into British society, has been scrapped completely. Funding for the Refugee Council’s one stop service, where refugees can meet bilingual advisers, will be cut by 62 percent to £2m, whiile the wraparound initial accommodation facility will see reductions of 50 percent to £726,000.

The charity, which relies on the UK Border Agency (UKBA) for 78 percent of its £20.1m revenue, will have to lose around one third of its 300 staff and close two of its seven centres to meet the cuts. It has already sustained 22 percent cuts to its government funding, resulting in 52 redundancies, and has made 27-60 percent cuts to a number of key services, including the help it offers unaccompanied children.

The Refugee Council are asking people to contact their MP about cuts to
refugee advice services. You can do this at http://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/cuts

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