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Asylum: Finance

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support is provided to failed asylum seekers. (134954)

Families with children in their household when their asylum claims are finally determined continue to be eligible for asylum support under section 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 until they leave the UK or the youngest child reaches 18.

Support under section four of the 1999 Act is available for failed asylum seekers who have a temporary barrier to removal and who meet the eligibility criteria. Those supported are provided with accommodation and vouchers or supermarket payment cards to purchase food and essential toiletries. This is a limited form of support to meet essential needs as failed asylum seekers are expected to leave the UK.

Some failed asylum seekers may be entitled to support from a local authority under section 21 of the National Assistance Act 1948.