Home Office written question – answered on 5th November 2018.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of support to asylum seekers whose case has taken more than 52 weeks to resolve in the 2017-18 financial year.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

Asylum Seekers can apply for Home Office support at any time during the asylum process, and eligibility for support continues until an asylum claim is fully determined. However, for those whose claims are rejected, eligibility for support can continue if there are children in the household or if the person is taking reasonable steps to leave the UK or there is a temporary or legal or practical obstacle that prevents their departure

Information on the cost of providing support to those whose claims have taken more than 52 weeks to resolve is not held in a reportable format and would therefore only be available at disproportionate cost.

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