Access to services: The Immigration Act 2014 and key equality impacts [September 2014]

Author: Neckles, Leander

Briefing series: Immigration Act

Publisher: Race Equality Foundation

Publication date: September 2014

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The Race Equality Foundation is working closely with other members of CORE - the race equality coalition – and with JCWI and MAX (the Movement Against Xenophobia). We, and many others, identified a range of concerns during the passage of the Immigration Bill, now the Immigration Act 2014. The Act received royal assent on 14th May 2014. Whilst some key provisions are now in force, others (e.g. the piloting of the housing provisions) are in the process of being implemented and the planned associated changes to healthcare are yet to be implemented.

This briefing:

  • overviews the Act, its key provisions and sources of further information (part 2);
  • provides more information about the Act’s provisions on access to services (part 3);
  • provides information about the Department of Health (DoH) plans being developed for charging for primary and possibly other forms of healthcare in the longer-term (part 4);
  • sets out our key concerns about racial profiling, race discrimination, other forms of discrimination and the adverse impact on public health (part 5);
  • explains why it is so important to address the concerns identified before these new provisions are rolled out (part 6).

Appendix 1 provides some basic information on the arrangements for charging for certain services prior to the Immigration Act 2014; and identifies where readers can find out more
about these pre-existing provisions1.

We have also produced a separate document on the Immigration Act’s implementation timetable which we have also published.