The Refugee Council’s response to the DWP consultation, March 2017, on the roll out of Universal Credit warns that it will result in the increase of destitution and homelessness of refugees moving from asylum support.
They say that:
- The government should urgently address the anomaly of the asylum support system and Universal Credit timescales to avoid routinely forcing new refugees into destitution and homelessness.
- Flexibility must be built into the application procedure in order not to exclude those with no National Insurance Number and/or no bank account at the time of application.
- A solution must be sought to the effect of limiting the Universal Credit Advance to those already assessed to be eligible, in order to avoid complete destitution.
To read the Refugee Council submission click here Refugee_Council_Universal_Credit