Section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 came into force on
The eligibility for support under section 55 was considered by NASS for a total of 2,650 cases in the first quarter of 2004 (January to March 2004). The number of asylum seekers, excluding dependants, notified that they were ineligible for NASS support under section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 in the first quarter of 2004 was 890. Some applicants notified that they are ineligible for support under section 55 apply nevertheless and these are shown in the published statistics within the 'Invalid' support type category.
Information on the number of asylum seekers supported by NASS is published in the quarterly web pages and in the annual statistical bulletin, "Asylum Statistics United Kingdom", available from the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html