Friday 14 February 2014, 1pm - 5.30pm
St Bride Foundation, 14 Bride Lane’ London EC4Y 8EQ (map)

On February 14th, we’re organising a campaign camp on the £18,600 income trap. Because of these rules, thousands of UK residents are being prevented every year from having a family life here - we are calling for a change in the rules!

This event will be a great opportunity for families affected by the new rules and other supporters to meet each other, talk to journalists, and take the campaign to the next stages. You will have a chance to take in some keynote speeches, hear from affected families, learn about media and campaigning and even make Valentine’s Day cards to send to the Government.

Places are limited so don’t miss out!

When: Friday 14 February 2014, 1pm - 5.30pm (short demo from 11.30am)
Where: St Bride Foundation, 14 Bride Lane, London EC4Y 8EQ (map)

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Baroness Sally Hamwee (Lib Dem spokesperson on Home Affairs)
  • Simon Israel (Channel 4 Home Affairs Correspondent)
  • Tim Barnden (Wesley Gryk solicitors LLP)
  • Lara Kilner (Sunday Mirror)

Want to join us? You’ll need to sign up here.

Important info:

  • We’d love to welcome families from across the UK at the meeting. A limited number of travel bursaries are available for those from coming further afield so please send an email to to apply for one.
  • Please note that the number of places is limited and you will need to sign up in order to attend.
  • This is a child friendly event. If you are planning to bring your children, do let us know in advance (

Follow @WeAreFamilyUK for updates on the speakers and other event info.

Who's attending?

We already have dozens of families registered to attend our 14th February camp, including an ex-soldier, who after serving four tours of duty was made redundant from the British army. His civilian earnings are not enough for his South African born wife and two young children to join him in the UK. He says:

“I feel used and abused. When the war was on, it was all hands to the pump. Now we are treated as expendable.I am a hard working British tax payer have not a day claimed any sort of working benefit and don't need anything from handouts. I will move heaven and earth to see my kids and beautiful wife but the system is making this unbearable.’

Other families attending will tell how they have been forced on to welfare benefits for the first time, as the main breadwinner is barred from entering the UK, to join the rest of the family.