This Work Programme has been prepared in accordance with the terms of reference agreed by the Government and taking account of the Ministerial Roundtable Consultations with NGOs held on 18 September 2014.

The work will be approached on a thematic basis. Three themes have been identified from the terms of reference:

Reception conditions

Theme 1 Improvements to the direct provision system (i.e. living conditions while in designated centres) aimed at showing greater respect for the dignity of persons in the system and improving their quality of life.

Theme 2 Improved supports (e.g. financial, educational, health) for protection applicants aimed at showing greater respect for the dignity of persons in the system and improving their quality of life.

Determination Process

Theme 3 Improvements to existing arrangements for the processing of protection applications with particular regard to the length of the process.

All recommendations for improvements are subject to the need to ensure that:

It is acknowledged that there is some overlap between the themes. The working methods adopted by the Group will facilitate crossover between the discussions of the themes where necessary.

Theme 1 Improvements to the direct provision system (i.e. living conditions while in designated centres) aimed at showing greater respect for the dignity of persons in the system and improving their quality of life.

The following topics are suggested for consideration by the Working Group with a view to identifying practical measures that can be taken in the short and longer term to improve the experience of protection applicants in direct provision centres:

Theme 2 Improved supports (e.g. financial, educational, health) for protection applicants aimed at showing greater respect for the dignity of persons in the system and improving their quality of life

The following topics are suggested for consideration by the Working Group with a view to identifying practical measures that can be taken in the short and longer term to improve the supports for protection applicants in direct provision centres:

Theme 3 Improvements to existing arrangements for the processing of protection applications with particular regard to the length of the process

The Government is committed to legislating for a single application procedure. The legislation will be forward-looking; applicants awaiting a final determination (grant of status or deportation order) on the commencement of the new regime will have their cases determined under existing arrangements, although the possibility of applying the single procedure to certain of those applicants is under consideration.

With this in mind the following topics have been identified for consideration by the Working Group with a view to identifying practical measures to support:

7 November 2014