Asylum: Sanitary Protection

Home Office written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December to Question 116362 on Asylum: Sanitary Protection, if he will make a specific fund available for for asylum seekers who would otherwise be destitute to apply for an allowance to be able to pay for sanitary products.

Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations her Department has received on the ability of asylum seekers to afford sanitary products.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Minister for Immigration

There are no plans to establish a specific fund to provide asylum seekers with an additional allowance to cover the costs of sanitary products. These costs are taken into account in setting the level of the weekly cash allowance provided to destitute asylum seekers to meet their essential living needs.

The level of the cash allowance is reviewed each year and the review takes account of the cost of sanitary products. Evidence and submissions were invited from relevant external stakeholders to inform the most recent review. No representations about sanitary products were received.

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