Campaign on Asylum Support Rate
NAT is a member of the Still Human Still Here coalition, which campaigns to end the destitution of asylum seekers living in the UK. Still Human Still Here is currently seeking support for an Early Day Motion (EDM) calling for the Government to review and increase the support paid to asylum seekers who are awaiting a decision.
Asylum seekers currently receive just over £5 a day to pay for essential needs including food, clothing, toiletries and transport. Our research shows that insufficient asylum support is a key dimension of the poverty currently experienced by people living with HIV, and has serious health consequences.
The rate of payment has not been reviewed since 2011. Asylum support used to be set at 70% of the rate of Income Support – now asylum seekers only receive around 50% the rate of Income Support. Asylum seekers are not eligible for any mainstream benefits such as ESA or jobseekers allowance and are not allowed to work (with very limited exceptions).
A recent High Court Judgement found that the Government has been flawed in their assessment of asylum support needs and should look again at what a reasonable rate of support would be.
Teresa Pearce MP has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM No.99) on the High Court Judgement, calling on the Government to raise asylum support rates to at least 70% of Income Support and to increase this in line with inflation annually.