Over £7MILLION of taxpayer cash given to groups fighting plan to send migrants to Rwanda


TAXPAYERS have given £7.7million to groups now fighting government plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda.

The grants or loans went to five organisations who have attacked the policy.

Priti Patel says sending asylum seekers to Rwanda will help them rebuild their lives

Migrant Help received £6.9million, Stonewall got £593,000, Refugee Action £58,000 and Home Not Hate £50,000.

They signed an open letter condemning minsters and the resettlement scheme.

Legal firm InstaLaw received £1,000 in the past 12 months for apprenticeship training.

Last month, it began proceedings challenging the legality of the plan.

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The firm claims ministers cannot push ahead with the deal without the approval of Parliament.

The UK agreed to pay Rwanda £120million for housing and integrating those sent to the African country.

Home Secretary Priti Patel says the deal tries to help them rebuild their lives.

Despite 50 notices being handed to the first batch of migrants, there will be no flights before June 6 owing to challenges.

TaxPayers’ Alliance chief John O’Connell said: “Taxpayers have had enough of governments giving grants to organisations who lobby.”

The Government said: “We expect charities and organisations awarded funding to use it solely for the projects we fund.”

InstaLaw said it was not a lobbying group, insisting: “We don’t receive grants to challenge decisions made by government.”