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Filmmaker Don McVey has put together an excellent documentary on the spouse minimum income rule and the devastating effect it is having on affected families and children. It is heartbreaking. Don does a great job of drawing out how arbitrary the minimum income threshold is, how biased it is against women and those outside London, the absurdities of the rules on what resources do and don’t count and that in the long term the human, societal and financial costs of the broken families it creates will surely  be greater than any supposed short term benefits.

The website is here or you can watch it below and there is a good accompanying piece in The Independent. It would be useful for politicians, Home Office civil servants and immigration judges to be strapped down and made to watch it.

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Colin Yeo

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder of the Free Movement immigration law website.