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Income Support

Volume 174: debated on Monday 18 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many refugees from overseas are currently in receipt of income support.

People from other countries who have been granted a right of abode in the United Kingdom are not separately identifiable for income support purposes. People arrived in the United Kingdom whose applications for refugee status are under consideration are eligible for income support at a reduced rate. We estimate that there are approximately some 8,000 such claimants at present.