Yesterday the government announced that it would be reducing asylum support rates for families on Section 95 support. The changes will come into effect on 10 August 2015.
The proposed changes would see all asylum seekers receiving a standard rate of £36.95 per week irrespective of age. Currently, children under 16 are granted £52.96 and so the effective cut for a couple with 2 children would be £30.64 each week.
Ministers said the cuts, which would affect more than 27,800 destitute asylum seekers, were being made because the current payment system resulted in families with children in particular receiving “significantly more cash than is necessary” to meet their essential living needs.
The Refugee Council described the cuts as “utterly appalling” for families who were not allowed to work and said they would plunge children further into poverty: “We suspect the only place that families can live on this amount of money is in the imagination of government ministers,” the council’s policy officer, Judith Dennis, said.
Read the full article in the Guardian here