Home Department written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she has taken to ensure that (a) failed asylum seekers and (b) refugees have access to adequate accommodation, food and other essential items whilst in the UK.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

The support available to failed asylum seekers under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 includes the provision of accommodation and a weekly allowance to obtain food and other essential items. Refugees can access the mainstream benefits system on the same terms as British citizens and other permanent residents.

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