Women suffering from the rule on no recourse to public funds

Campaigners converged on parliament on 4 November 2009 to challenge the "no recourse" rule; see the article in Amnesty Magazine for November/December 2009.   Also see Amnesty's web page: Women trapped in cycle of violence by UK law.

Early Day Motion 214 relates to the "no recourse" rule.  It was tabled by Jo Swinson MP.  The motion starts by commending the work of three organisations and one of these is Amnesty International.  It states "that the current no recourse to public funds rule has a devastating effect on hundreds of women who are trapped in a cycle of abuse".

There were 37 signatures on the motion at 29 November 2009 and this had risen to 90 by 18 February 2010.  Peter Bottomley is still the the only Conservative MP to sign so far.  You can check whether the MP for your area has signed the motion. 

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