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Ben and Jerry’s is handing out free ice cream in Mile End tomorrow

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Megan Carnegie

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Especially when it’s free and for a good cause. Socially switched-on dairy dons Ben & Jerry’s are touring the UK in partnership with Refugee Action to spread the word about asylum seekers’ right to work, with a final stop at the Student Union at Queen Mary University of London tomorrow.

The inside, erm, scoop, according to Refugee Action, is that current government policy makes it nearly impossible for people to work while waiting for their refugee status, which can take up to six months. The charity says it’s a huge obstacle for people who come to this country wanting to rebuild their lives.

You can support the ‘Waiting Isn’t Working’ campaign by signing the petition – and of course by heading to the Mile End campus on Thursday to get a free FairTrade flavour, as well as a hot choc made with the company’s chocolate fudge brownie ice cream. It’s a pretty jammy trade-off: have your say in how the government develops its new Immigration Bill and get a free sundae… on a Thursday.

Find the ice-cream van at Queen Mary University of London Student Union between 11am-4pm tomorrow.

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