Councils refusing to reveal data of rough sleepers to Home Office

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Local authorities fear sharing data will lead to deportation of non-UK homeless people

Local councils in England are refusing to share sensitive personal data of rough sleepers with the Home Office over fears it could result in their deportation, the Guardian has learned.

A secret programme using homelessness charities to pass rough sleepers’ personal information directly to the Home Office without their consent was revealed by the Observer this month. Data shared through the scheme, which is currently in its trial phase, could lead to the deportation of non-UK rough sleepers in some cases.

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