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Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Section 117: Other restrictions on assistance: England and Wales

341.This section removes persons subject to immigration control from entitlement to a number of other forms of welfare support. Subsections (1) and (2) remove the entitlement of asylum seekers from social services assistance under legislation governing the care of old people, and measures for the prevention of ill health, where their need for assistance arise solely as a result of their destitution. Where there are other substantive reasons for access to these provisions, section 117 will not apply, and there will continue to be a right for assistance.

342.Subsection (3) removes entitlement of persons subject to immigration control to appear on a local authority housing register (and therefore to be considered for long term social housing), where their need arises solely on account of destitution. Subsections (4) and (5) disqualify a person subject to immigration control from entitlement to assistance under the homelessness legislation (Part VII of the Housing Act 1996).

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