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A meagre allowance of benefits

Issue No. 2163

Asylum seekers have become the first group reliant on state benefits to see their already meagre allowance slashed so that the Home Office can balance its books.

The government does not allow them to work to support themselves while they are waiting for the outcome of their applications to be able to stay in Britain.

The subsistence allowance of single people over the age of 25 will be slashed from £42.16 a week to £35.13.

This will leave people £5 a day to survive. These rates will apply to new applicants from the autumn.

The UK Borders Agency wrote to asylum groups this month, callously saying, “You’ll appreciate that this review has taken place in a difficult economic climate and that our asylum support budget presents a significant financial challenge to the agency.”


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