Refugees: Housing and Universal Credit

Home Office written question – answered at on 26 September 2023.

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Photo of The Bishop of Durham The Bishop of Durham Bishop

To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions have taken place among (1) the Home Office, (2) the Department for Work and Pensions, and (3) the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, on extending the move-on period for newly recognised refugees to at least 56 days, in line with the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 and applications for Universal Credit.

Photo of Lord Murray of Blidworth Lord Murray of Blidworth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Home Office only has a legal obligation to support someone until the end of the prescribed move-on period. Where someone is given notice that their asylum claim has been granted, their appeal has been allowed or their asylum claim has been refused but they have been given leave to enter or remain, the prescribed period is 28 days.

We are engaging the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on ensuring individuals can move on from asylum support as smoothly as possible.

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