Refugees: Social Security Benefits

Home Office written question – answered on 20th July 2016.

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Photo of Thangam Debbonaire Thangam Debbonaire Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy, where a newly recognised refugee has made an application for welfare benefits during the statutory 28 day move-on period, to continue paying asylum support allowance to that refugee until their first welfare benefit has been paid, including in circumstances where that payment is a short-term benefit advance.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill The Minister for Immigration

Holding answer received on 19 July 2016

We are working closely with the Department for Work and Pensions to ensure that new recognised refugees apply promptly for any welfare benefit for which they may be eligible and receive the first payment of any benefit for which they qualify before their Home Office support ends. We will evaluate the impact of this work later this year and bring forward a change to the current 28-day move-on period if the evaluation shows that to be necessary.

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