Campaign against asylum vouchers wins media award

A campaign waged by the Refugee Council, Oxfam and the Transport and General Workers' Union against vouchers for asylum seekers won the most-effective campaign category at the One World Media Awards last week.

The Government introduced vouchers to replace cash benefits for refugees in 2000. The anti-voucher campaign ran from spring 2000 until winter 2001 when the Government announced it would be abolished.

The panel of judges said it had chosen the anti-voucher campaign because of its success at tackling a difficult and largely unpopular subject matter.

A Refugee Council spokesperson said: "This is a tribute to all of those who campaigned vigorously against this stigmatising government policy.

We fought with no holds barred and are delighted that the campaign's success has been recognised.

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