Bring Back Dignity to our asylum support system
New asylum support cuts, coming into force on August 10th, will reduce support for children in families in the asylum system by a third - to just £5.28 per child per day.
At Refugee Action, we already know how difficult it is for families to survive on such low rates of support. With asylum seekers effectively prohibited from working, many have to live on this money for months. It’s an extremely cruel and ineffective system. Now it’s set to get even worse.
We’ve repeatedly called on the government to make asylum support fair. We took them to court, forcing them to reconsider their decision-making process. We’ve given them ample evidence of how much asylum-seeking families are struggling. We’ve presented them with 5,000 signatures in support of a better system. But none of this convinced them to treat asylum seekers with dignity.
The government’s latest round of cuts will see asylum-seeking families lose £16 of support per child per week. That’s a devastating loss. It will force 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. Front bench Labour MPs have already tabled a motion against the government’s decision. So has Baroness Hamwee in the House of Lords.
With Parliamentary debates pending, we need your support now more than ever. Will you help us speak up for the rights of asylum-seeking children this autumn?
Here’s what you can do:
- Use the comment box below to sign our petition for fair asylum support
- Donate to our destitution fund – the money we use to help vulnerable families in times of crisis
- Make others aware of these cuts by sharing our statement on social media
The fight back for fair and dignified asylum support starts now. Will you be part of it?