The Home Office response to a consultation on the cash support provided to asylum seekers has been to increase weekly payments from £36.95 to £37.75 per week: an increase of 80p per week, or just over 11p per day. This increase came into effect on the 5th February 2017. Cashless support for asylum seekers who have submitted a fresh claim remains at £35.39p: they receive no increase at all.
Refugee Action, whose response to the consultation recommended that asylum support rates should be at least 70% of mainstream benefits, expressed disappointment at the small increase, which has beencondemned as ‘paltry’ by the Refugee Council.
To see the Refugee Action press release click here: https://www.refugee-action.org.uk/home-office-announces-small-increase-asylum-support/
To see the Refugee Council press release release click here: https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/latest/news/5142_home_office_plan_to_increase_asylum_support_by_80_pence_and_no_more