Asylum Support: Dignified standard of living for asylum claimants in the UK

Human dignity is inviolable. It must be respected and protected

provides Article 1 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union 2000/EC 364/01.

Those claiming asylum in the UK who are solely reliant upon government support have no other source of financial support and in light of the current government stance towards such asylum claimants there is a real risk of their living in poverty and potentially being destitute thus adversely affecting their ability to have a dignified standard of living in UK.

Some asylum claimants coming to the UK looking for protection are vulnerable victims of torture and may also consist of families with young children . Whilst their claims are being progressed, for those who have applied for and are eligible for asylum support, the UK government has a duty to provide them with such support. There is therefore a need for provision of dignified levels of support that meet the essential living needs of these vulnerable claimants – they have to be viewed as needing to spend as much as UK households to meet their essential needs.

Reports in the media at times appear to give the impression that asylum claimants supported by the government are living in luxury…

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