On 29th January 2020 the Bishop of London received two written answers, to questions on social prescribing, and immigration detention:
The Lord Bishop of London: HL516 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that those placed in detention centres are not held indefinitely; and what plans, if any, they have to restrict detention in immigration centres to 28 days.
Baroness Williams of Trafford: The law does not permit indefinite detention. For detention to be lawful there must be a realistic prospect of the individual’s removal from the UK within a reasonable timescale.
Most of those people detained for immigration purposes spend only short periods in detention. In the year ending September 2019, 96% left detention within 4 months and 73% in no longer than 28 days.
The Lord Bishop of London: HL517 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that churches and voluntary organisations are integrated into the social prescribing component of the NHS Long Term Plan.
Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with local areas to support implementation of social prescribing. As local social prescribing schemes develop, we would expect to see social prescribing link workers establishing important relationships with local health and care professionals and a wide range of community groups and services such as voluntary organisations and churches to maximise the impact of social prescribing.
Further information is outlined in the Social prescribing and community-based support: Summary guide published by NHS England and Improvement in January 2019. A copy is attached.
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