UK government is set to pay out after an EU ruling

Rough sleepers from the EU who were removed from the UK illegally are set for hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation.

The Government will make payments to dozens of European citizens after courts ruled it was unlawful for immigration enforcement teams to target those living on the streets but were in work and paying taxes or had a permanent right of residence in the UK.

It began after the Home Office under Theresa May introduced a new policy in 2016 saying that rough sleeping counted as an abuse of EU treaty rights.

This gave officials justification to detain European nationals and then send them back to their home country, even if they had the legal right to stay.

A judicial review in December 2017 ruled it to be unlawful and discriminatory, and those affected are now suing for compensation, each of which will be for thousands of pounds.

One of those, Tomas Lusas from Lithuania, has received £10,000 after he was arrested by immigration officers in 2016 after being kicked out of his home and forced onto the streets in west London.

He told the BBC: “One morning I was woken up in my sleeping bag. There were six or seven officers and they said ‘Home Office’.

“They took my ID. Two minutes later I was in handcuffs. Two minutes after that I was in a van.