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Benefits

Volume 706: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what welfare benefits are available to failed asylum seekers and their families. [HL584]

Under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 failed asylum seekers and their families are not permitted to access the mainstream system of welfare benefits.

Support can be given to failed asylum seekers with dependent children under the age of 18 years to avoid destitution by the UK Border Agency under Section 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

If a minor dependant is born, or becomes part of the household, after the appeal rights of the principal applicant are exhausted, support may be provided to the family under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, provided the principal applicant meets the qualifying criteria for this form of support.