Hearings at immigration and asylum tribunal centres around the country have reportedly halved amid claims of a dispute between government departments

A huge backlog of immigration cases is building up in the UK amid claims that the Home Office and Ministry of Justice are in dispute over who pays for tribunals.

According to lawyers representing appellants, the number of hearings at immigration and asylum tribunal centres around the country has almost halved since the election as a money-saving measure. Emergency sittings of immigration tribunals are being organised to tackle the buildup of cases as hearings are being listed 18 months ahead.

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