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Complainant Name:
The Scottish Refugee Council

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Scottish Daily Mail


The Scottish Refugee Council complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had incorrectly reported that over £5 million had been spent on "last-ditch legal bids" (judicial reviews) by asylum seekers to stay in Scotland. This figure in fact reflected the combined sum spent on advice and assistance, advice by way of representation and legal aid to immigrants and asylum seekers. Money spent on judicial reviews fell solely into the latter category.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction:

In December the Mail reported that over £5 million was being spent on last-ditch legal bids - judicial reviews - by asylum seekers to remain in Scotland. We are happy to make clear that this figure reflects the combined sums spent on advice and assistance (£3.5 million), assistance by way of representation (£1 million), and legal aid (£0.6 million) to asylum seekers and immigrants. The cost of legal aid work on judicial reviews falls within the latter figure. We apologise if readers were misled by our original story.

Date Published: 23/03/2012

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