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Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008

Section 134: Support

786.This section sets out provisions for the support of individuals designated under section 130 and their dependants.

787.Subsections (1) and (2) specify that Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (the 1999 Act), which makes provision for support for asylum-seekers, will apply – subject to certain modifications - to designated persons and their dependants as it applies to asylum-seekers and their dependants. This allows the Secretary of State to provide, or arrange the provision of, support for designated persons and their dependants who appear to be destitute (or to be likely to become destitute within a prescribed period).

788.Subsection (3) specifies the ways in which this support may be provided under section 95 of the 1999 Act. The Secretary of State may provide accommodation, essential living needs, and in other ways where necessary to reflect exceptional circumstances of a particular case.

789.Subsection (4) provides that, unless the Secretary of State thinks it appropriate because of exceptional circumstances, the support provided under section 95 of the 1999 Act must not be wholly or mainly in cash.

790.Subsection (5) provides that section 4 of the 1999 Act shall not apply to designated persons.

791.Subsection (6) disapplies certain alternative statutory provisions relating to the provision of assistance under the homelessness provisions which would otherwise apply to a person who has been designated.

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