Nothing is free in the UK. In fact things are generally quite expensive and customer support and care are virtually non-existant. The fact that there is a recession on does not help matters either. And as the saying goes the government is really planning to make hay while the sun is shining by charging for fixing UKBA’s fabled misunderstandings of the rules which their ECOs and caseworkers should be following.
The government’s solution to everything is to make the people pay. Soon immigration appeals will also have to be paid for by the “consumer”. Even asylum is not excluded. However, despite all my criticism we live in a free country still a public consultation is open. It can be seen on the Ministry of Justice site here.
If the fees are introduced they are likely to be in the region of:
- First-tier Tribunal paper hearings £65
- First-tier Tribunal oral hearings £125
- Upper Tribunal appeals £250
Those qualify for legal aid, fast track detainees, recipients of asylum support, deportation cases and exceptional cases will be exempted from the new fee regime for appeals envisaged by the government.