Human Trafficking: Finance

Home Office written question – answered on 18th February 2019.

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Photo of Alex Norris Alex Norris Labour/Co-operative, Nottingham North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the November 2018 High Court judgement and reinstatement of subsistence rates of £65 a week for possible victims of trafficking in the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), what the current subsistence rates are for people in the NRM who are (a) in outreach support, (b) in safe house accommodation (not catered), (c) in safe house accommodation (catered) and (d) in National Asylum Support Service accommodation.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

In light of the judgment in K and AM, the Home Office immediately reinstated the top up paid to those in the Victim Care Contract who are also receiving support from the asylum support system, so that they receive the same level of financial support they were receiving before the judgement.

This is:

  • £35 per week for those in outreach support
  • £65 per week for those in non-catered safe house accommodation
  • £35 per week for those in catered safe house accommodation (catering covers all food costs and considers dietary and religious restrictions)
  • A top-up for those in receipt of financial support from the National Asylum Support Service so that they receive a total of £65 per week which means £27.25 for those in receipt of section 95 support £29.61 for those in receipt of Section 4(2) support

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