Asylum: Finance

Home Office written question – answered on 21st October 2015.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect on claimants of the reduction in section 95 support for asylum seeker families and children.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

Holding answer received on 19 October 2015

Asylum seekers and their dependants receive a package of support from the taxpayer if they are destitute. The support provided usually consists of accommodation, with no charge for rent or utility costs, and a weekly cash allowance. The level of the cash allowance was reduced from 10 August 2015, but the Government remains satisfied that it is sufficient to meet the essential living needs of all supported families.

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