Part 2 E+W+S+N.I.Accommodation Centres

Use of centresE+W+S+N.I.

18 Asylum-seeker: definitionE+W+S+N.I.

(1)For the purposes of this Part a person is an “asylum-seeker” if—

(a)he is at least 18 years old,

(b)he is in the United Kingdom,

(c)a claim for asylum has been made by him at a place designated by the Secretary of State,

(d)the Secretary of State has recorded the claim, and

(e)the claim has not been determined.

(2)A person shall continue to be treated as an asylum-seeker despite subsection (1)(e) while—

(a)his household includes a dependent child who is under 18, and

(b)he does not have leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom.

(3)A claim for asylum is a claim by a person that to remove him from or require him to leave the United Kingdom would be contrary to the United Kingdom’s obligations under—

(a)the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees done at Geneva on 28th July 1951 and its Protocol, or

(b)Article 3 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms agreed by the Council of Europe at Rome on 4th November 1950.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I1S. 18 partly in force; s. 18 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 162(2); s. 18 in force for certain purposes at 8.1.2003 and for further certain purposes at 10.2.2003 by S.I. 2003/1, art. 2, Sch.

Prospective

19 Destitution: definitionE+W+S+N.I.

(1)Where a person has dependants, he and his dependants are destitute for the purpose of this Part if they do not have and cannot obtain both—

(a)adequate accommodation, and

(b)food and other essential items.

(2)Where a person does not have dependants, he is destitute for the purpose of this Part if he does not have and cannot obtain both—

(a)adequate accommodation, and

(b)food and other essential items.

(3)In determining whether accommodation is adequate for the purposes of subsection (1) or (2) the Secretary of State must have regard to any matter prescribed for the purposes of this subsection.

(4)In determining whether accommodation is adequate for the purposes of subsection (1) or (2) the Secretary of State may not have regard to—

(a)whether a person has an enforceable right to occupy accommodation,

(b)whether a person shares all or part of accommodation,

(c)whether accommodation is temporary or permanent,

(d)the location of accommodation, or

(e)any other matter prescribed for the purposes of this subsection.

(5)The Secretary of State may by regulations specify items which are or are not to be treated as essential items for the purposes of subsections (1) and (2).

(6)The Secretary of State may by regulations—

(a)provide that a person is not to be treated as destitute for the purposes of this Part in specified circumstances;

(b)enable or require the Secretary of State in deciding whether a person is destitute to have regard to income which he or a dependant of his might reasonably be expected to have;

(c)enable or require the Secretary of State in deciding whether a person is destitute to have regard to support which is or might reasonably be expected to be available to the person or a dependant of his;

(d)enable or require the Secretary of State in deciding whether a person is destitute to have regard to assets of a prescribed kind which he or a dependant of his has or might reasonably be expected to have;

(e)make provision as to the valuation of assets.