Next week (3 November 2014 until 10 November 2014) Refugee Action, supported by a number of other organisations, is planning a week of action on social media to draw attention to Early Day Motion (EDM) 99 – calling for the asylum support rate to be increased to 70% of the equivalent level of income support.
During the week, supporters can tweet (or email) their Member of Parliament (MP) and ask them to sign the EDM. The aim is to get 100 signatures on the EDM before November recess begins on the 11th. So far 83 MP’s have signed.
Earlier this year, Refugee Action took the Home Office to court over their decision to freeze the rate of financial support given to asylum seekers while they wait for a decision on their claim (Section 95 support). After the High Court ruled in our favour, the Home Office reviewed its decision-making process on this issue.
Shockingly, the Home Office decided to keep Section 95 support at its current level – which can be as little as £5.23 a day. We believe this decision will leave many asylum seekers unable to meet their essential living needs, and are continuing to lobby for an asylum support rate that’s dignified and fair.
The Home Office might think the current rate of support for a single asylum seeker (as little as £5.23 a day) is fair, but we know many people disagree with their decision. We want those people to call for a fairer level of asylum support (70% of income support) by asking their MP to sign EDM 99.
So far, 83 MPs have signed EDM 99. We’d like to reach 100 before the November recess (starts 11 November 2014) – getting this issue onto the agenda before the General Election in 2015.
From 10.00am on 3 November 2014 until 5.00pm on 10 November 2014, supporters are asked to tweet the following message to their MP:
As your constituent, I don’t think asylum seekers should have to live on £5.23 a day. Please sign EDM 99: http://bit.ly/1vcD3Kf
Supporters can find their MP on Twitter using www.tweetyourmp.com.
On the Refugee Action website, there will also be information about how supporters can write to their MP by post or email. This will be available at http://www.refugee-action.org.uk/support_us/campaign/join_a_campaign/1152_bring_back_dignity_to_our_asylum_support_system.
We hope that many different organisations will take part in this action, enabling us to reach 100 signatures on EDM 99 before Parliamentary recess begins on 11 November 2014.
This action is being supported by Refugee Council, STAR, City of Sanctuary, Refugee Week, Asylum Support Appeals Project, Regional Asylum Activism, Asylum Aid and ASHA.