Huong Nguyen fell pregnant soon after arriving in the UK on a lorry in October, 2015.
But the Home Office considered her situation to be stable when she first arrived. She was living in a flat in Hackney with the baby's father and it was established that the father was a UK citizen, who was supporting the mother financially at the time.
She did not make any claim for financial support at this time and the Home Office did not believe that she had been or was being exploited in any way. When the circumstances changed and the father left, the Home Office arranged emergency accommodation and longer-term support.
But then the Home Office lost sight of mother and baby.
They wrote to her on December 7, 2016, to advise that they had been unable to make a decision on her asylum claim and would review her case in three months. The review never took place and the Home Office had no contact until it was notified of the baby's death in October 2017.
The Home Office said it was experiencing resource issues at the time as a result of a high turnover of staff and it was struggling with a high number of "non-straightforward cases".What's 'not straightforward' about this case? She's from Vietnam. The war's over. Send her back.
Huong and Tina were moved to four different homes in Tina's short life, which meant the family could never settle.
They spent three months in Hackney, two months in Croydon and one month in Cardiff, before being placed in permanent accommodation in Ilford.
Huong and Tina were moved to Cardiff when the baby was just one-month-old, a move which was deemed to be temporary but saw them stay in two separate places in the Welsh capital.
Mother and baby were placed in permanent housing in Ilford, but Huong says she was let down by services in Redbridge. Huong said she shared a room with other people but felt very lonely because nobody supported her.It rather seems to me as if the poor bloody taxpayer has been supporting her, doesn't it? Her, and all the 'charities' and quangos involved in this racket...
The baby and her mother were moved to an eight-bedroom house in Ilford on January 18, 2017, for mothers and their children, run by Clearsprings, a company that provides housing for asylum seekers.
There were four mothers and their children living there, and one of the other asylum seeker mothers was also Vietnamese.
Once she arrived in Ilford, the mother said a health visitor offered her support but due to the language barrier, she was unable to understand the mother and therefore was not in a position to do anything to help her.I thought councils spent oodles on translation services?
Well, do they? Or don't they?
Time Priti had a word with her Home Office clowns. This needs to stop.