Injured soldiers face deportation

#1
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7059170.stm

Some Commonwealth soldiers in the British Army, injured and medically discharged from the service, face deportation, the BBC has learned.
Under Home Office rules, those with less than four years service cannot claim benefits or work in the UK.

But, after an investigation by BBC News, the Home Office appears to have changed its policy.

It will now make an exception for those injured in combat and consider other situations on a case-by-case basis.

There are more than 7,000 Commonwealth citizens in the British armed forces.

Melbourne doesn't want to use his full name, but he has no regrets about joining up.

As a boy in Jamaica it's all he wanted to do.

What he finds hard to accept is being forced to leave the service after being medically discharged.

"I was very, very heart-broken," he says. "I did my best to be a good soldier.

"I totally loved it from the start."

He was first injured during basic training - the extreme cold damaged his hands and feet - and, once in his regiment, it got worse.

"I was like in excruciating pain," he recalls. "I can't walk, I can't even hold my weapon."

Three years and nine months after signing up he was told to leave - not just the Army, but the country.

Normally, personnel from the Commonwealth can only apply to stay in the UK after four years service.

Melbourne is not allowed to work, claim benefits or use the NHS.

The Royal British Legion pays his rent. He wants to stay, claim compensation and work.

Simon Harrington, a solicitor who represents soldiers suffering from similar injuries, says Melbourne was "a fantastic soldier" who had "the potential to make a successful 22-year career".

If sent home, he says Melbourne will find it almost impossible to claim compensation.

Mr Harrington has 14 clients in the same position, but says this is the tip of the iceberg.

"It's anybody who suffers injury as a result of their service before they've served four years," he adds.

The Home Office declined to do interviews, but gave an initial statement to the BBC.

"Any Commonwealth citizen applying for settlement before their four years service is up can submit an application to remain in the UK on compassionate grounds," it reads.

"Where an individual has been medically discharged from our armed forces as a result of injury sustained in service we naturally view the case on special compassionate grounds."

But subsequently, that policy appeared to change.

The Home Office issued a new statement, which runs: "Where a member of our Armed Forces is medically discharged as a direct result of injury sustained during operations, the requirement for them to have completed four years service in order to qualify for settlement will normally be waived.

"If any cases of service men or women being refused settlement are as a direct result of injury sustained outside operations, we will look at them on a case-by-case basis."

So those injured in combat can normally stay.

Those injured in other ways will have to apply and make their case.

Melbourne has already been refused and so still faces removal from the UK.
"I just have to be strong and hope that in the long run something good happens," he says.


Strange how such "Policy Changes" only seem to follow after some light is shone onto grubby matters.
 
#2
Just read this as well. Really gash. I wonder if the government will ever learn, as they seem to make this mistake over and over again and then back down to demand from the public every fecking time.
 
#3
Typical, this poxy government will allow that one eyed hook handed terrorist to stay in this country and pay his wife(s) many thousands of pounds a year in benefits and yet they insist on throwing out men and women who serve this country. Makes my blood boil :pissedoff: :pissedoff: :pissedoff: :pissedoff:

bobc................................
 
#5
If he is deported, will he get the same amount of cash as failed asylum seekers?

Currently, this stands at £3,000 cash, excess luggage charges at the airport (I simply can't leave my piano behind) and, wait for it, one year's private school fees for the kids.

When this runs out they can, of course, fly straight back to Heathrow and claim again.
 
#6
As Hackle has already said, "On the British naturalisation aspect, the rules were changed last November when John Reid was the Home Secretary, removing the anomaly whereby time spent serving abroad didnt count towards the five years before a commonwealth citizen serving in British forces could apply for naturalisation. Such people can apply for "indefinite leave to remain" after four years. The change was welcomed by other mainstream parties."

So, a non story
 
M

Mark The Convict

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#8
It's certainly a four year old thread. I haven't followed your posts previously, but having read your Banged-up Bulgarian Blade Boy thread, I can only conclude that;

1) you're a journo trying to foment outrage, or
2) you're a lawyer trying to drum up trade, or
3) you're a trolling ********.

I favour 3) In any case, goodbye.
 
#9
It's certainly a four year old thread. I haven't followed your posts previously, but having read your Banged-up Bulgarian Blade Boy thread, I can only conclude that;

1) you're a journo trying to foment outrage, or
2) you're a lwayer trying to drum up trade, or
3) you're a trolling ********.



I favour 3) In any case, goodbye.
How about an Australian with a modicum of patriotism and concern for his countrymen?

You really do behave in an Un-Australian manner; I suspect you are really a pom.
 
#11
It's certainly a four year old thread. I haven't followed your posts previously, but having read your Banged-up Bulgarian Blade Boy thread, I can only conclude that;

1) you're a journo trying to foment outrage, or
2) you're a lawyer trying to drum up trade, or
3) you're a trolling ********.

I favour 3) In any case, goodbye.
Stick to topic please and you need to stop being paranoid, I really doubt anybody would want to extract intell from this forum, when 90 percent of the posts start with Jarrods lust for men and ends with PDD being a twat.

Its sad to see people being kicked out like that.....
 
#14
this is disgraceful to even put one soldier through this trauma . if a individual is good enough to fight for the British Army regardless of their nationality and suffer. Serious injury in their line of duty , They should be entitled to a duty of care like all other soldiers .
**** off chubb.
 
Z

Zarathustra

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#15
this is disgraceful to even put one soldier through this trauma . if a individual is good enough to fight for the British Army regardless of their nationality and suffer. Serious injury in their line of duty , They should be entitled to a duty of care like all other soldiers .
Shut up Chubb you mong.

This is a 4 year old thread, Shittypants is all upset because his mates AUSTRALIAN stab happy murderer son didn't get help from the MOD or FCO when he decided to stab a Bulgarian to death in Bulgaria with an illegal weapon.
 
#16
Two things at least strike me as questionable about the original article.

Firstly, if the fear of deportation is so prevalent, why couldn't the solicitor find a more emotive candidate amongst his claimed clients to advance his case through the media-ie, a soldier wounded on operations?

Could it be that the reality is no one in those circumstances was/is actually in fear of being deported?

Secondly, the solicitor Simon Harrington, a solicitor who represents soldiers suffering from similar injuries, says Melbourne was "a fantastic soldier" who had "the potential to make a successful 22-year career".

How on earth would Harrington know that?-Oh, the soldier in question must have told him. That's alright then.
 

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