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Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Support for asylum seekers

13.The Act will create new support arrangements for asylum seekers. The Act will:

  • remove from the main benefits system those subject to immigration control in certain respects, including those whose only status here is as an asylum seeker. Unaccompanied children seeking asylum will continue to be dealt with under current arrangements;

  • create a new safety net support scheme for asylum seekers in genuine need. The scheme will be funded and administered nationally by the Home Office, thus lifting the current burden on local authorities;

  • allow for accommodation to be provided with no choice about location. Other support will predominantly be provided in kind (eg vouchers or directly) rather than by cash payments;

  • create a system for the review of decisions to refuse or to withdraw support.

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