Past Campaign: Bring Back Dignity to our asylum support system

By September 18, 2013Past campaign
A young woman stands next to a iron railing outside a stone courthouse building, holding a paper sign which reads, "Asylum support must be lawful and fair. #BringBackDignity."

Asylum support – the money that asylum seekers have to live on because they are not allowed to work – is significantly lower than the equivalent rate of income support. In August 2015 it was cut again – reducing support for children in families within the asylum system to just £5.28 per child per day.

Refugee Action has repeatedly called on the government to make asylum support fair.

  • In August 2014, we delivered a 5,000 signature petition to the Home Secretary, asking her to raise asylum support rates to 70% of the equivalent rate of income support.

Sadly, our efforts – and those of many other refugee, asylum seeker and children’s charities – did not result in change.

The government’s 2015 round of cuts saw asylum-seeking families lose £16 of support per child per week. That’s a devastating loss. It forces some families to survive on less than 50% of the equivalent level of income support, and leave them facing desperate poverty.

If you’re dismayed by these cuts, you’re not alone. Opposition members opposed the government’s decision in both the Commons and the Lords.

Every day Refugee Action supports asylum-seeking families who are struggling with poverty and destitution. While our services can provide some support, it is the responsibility of the government to ensure that everyone in the UK is treated with dignity and can afford to properly look after their children.

How you can help now

To support families struggling to survive on asylum support, you can:

  • Donate or fundraise to support our work, so we have more resources to help vulnerable asylum seeking families in crisis