It has been revealed that the Home Office is secretly planning another network of immigration detention units for women, despite their pledge to reform the system and decrease the amount of vulnerable people detained. This autumn, the first detention centre in this plan will open where a former youth prison stood in County Durham. In addition to this facility and others alike, the Home Office has informed asylum groups that they were considering smaller units for women around the UK. There’s no guarantee that children will be spared from detainment in these facilities.
Yesterday (5 October 2020), speaking at the Conservative Party’s online conference, Home Secretary Priti Patel announced plans to deny asylum to people entering the UK by “unlawful” means.