House of Lords
Lord Avebury (Liberal Democrat)
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will synchronise in future the uprating of financial support provided under Section 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 with the annual uprating of mainstream benefits and tax credits by (1) announcing the uprating in the Autumn Statement each year, and (2) implementing the uprating at the start of the following financial year.
Lord Henley (Conservative)
It is government practice to review asylum support rates annually. There are no plans to re-establish the link between support rates and mainstream benefits that was broken by the last Government. However a number of factors, including mainstream benefit changes, are considered when asylum support rates are reviewed. The review of support rates for the year 2012-13 is currently ongoing.