Home Office policy on asylum support is unlawful

Asylum seekers are given so little in benefit that they cannot meet their essential living needs and the High Court has ordered the Secretary of State to rethink the decision not to increase support rates. Refugee Action’s research found that almost 40% of asylum seekers waiting for an initial decision on their asylum claim, do not have enough money to buy adequate food …

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Destitution on the streets of Leeds

Last week, on 11th March 2014, students and their friends slept on cardboard laid out in front of the student union building. The event was to raise awareness of the plight of those forced into destitution who fear that every night might be spent sleeping on the streets. Hear from some of those who took part. “People have the wrong …

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Female Asylum Seekers Failed by the UKBA

Over the past few days, we’ve seen a huge amount of media coverage of Women for Refugee Women’s brilliant report detailing the UKBA and Home Office’s failure to support and protect women seeking asylum in the UK. The reported revealed that 74% of women seeking asylum in the UK are refused at first decision, despite the fact that 50% of …

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