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Home Office faces legal challenge over UK child citizenship fees

The Home Office faces a legal challenge over the fees it charges for registering a child as a British citizen, with critics saying they “destroy the futures of children who’ve grown up British for profit”.

Thousands of children living in the UK, who were born in the country or came at a young age, are obliged by law to pay £1,012 to register as British citizens.

“An estimated 120,000 children in the UK who have grown up British are being charged unaffordable fees to register their citizenship rights. The futures of these children are slowly and silently being chipped away. Such barefaced profiteering from children by the Home Office is utterly shameful,” said Solange Valdez-Symonds, director at PRCBC.

The judicial review calls for the Home Office to set the registration fee at £372 – which covers administrative costs – and introduce a waiver for those children who cannot afford it and for children in council care.

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