SAJID Javid has suspended immigration checks on 1000’s of financial institution accounts within the wake of the Windrush scandal.
The Residence Workplace has informed banks and constructing societies to cut back the scope of the checks to stop authorized migrants being âinadvertently disadvantagedâ.
Powers launched in January underneath the 2016 Immigration Act required banks to examine the id of each present account holder towards a Residence Workplace-supplied database.
If an account was suspected of being utilized by an unlawful immigrant, the Residence Workplace would evaluate it earlier than instructing the financial institution to take motion which may embrace shutting it down.
The measure was launched as a part of Theresa Mayâs âhostile envionmentâ for unlawful immigrants – however the Residence Workplace mentioned they’ve quickly suspended it after doubts have been raised over the reliability of the checks.
A spokeswoman mentioned: âIt’s proper, in mild of Windrush, that we evaluate current safeguards to make sure that those that are right here lawfully are usually not inadvertently deprived by measures put in place to sort out unlawful migration.â