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Asylum Seekers

Volume 403: debated on Monday 7 April 2003

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Regulations were laid before Parliament on 18 March 2003 amending the Asylum Support Regulations 2000. The amendments, which come into effect today, increase the levels of support provided to destitute asylum seekers supported by the National Asylum Support Service (NASS). The changes in the support rates are detailed here:

Levels of NASS cash Support from 11 November 2002Levels of NASS cash support from 7 April 2003
Single person Aged 18–24£29.89£30.28
Aged 25 or over Qualifying couples£37.77£38.26
At least one member of the couple£59.26£60.03
Levels of NASS cash NASS cash Support from 11 November 2002Levels of Nass cash support from 7 April 2003
is aged 18 or over
Lone Parent aged 18 or over£37.77£38.26
Allowances for dependent children
Person aged under 16£37.00£38.50
Person aged at least 16 but under 18 (except a member of a qualifying couple)¢32.50£32.90