Asylum seekers' entitlement to accommodation and
Recently arrived asylum seekers - full board emergency
accommodation (under section 98 Immigration and Asylum Act 1999).
Adult asylum seekers (including families) awaiting
a decision on their asylum claim - either cash only or accommodation
outside London and cash (under section 95 Immigration and Asylum
Act 1999). Support ends when asylum appeal refused or when child
reaches 18 (if later).
Refused asylum seekers who are unable to leave the
UK and meet specific criteria - vouchers (£35/week) and accommodation
with strict conditions (under section 4 Immigration and Asylum
Unaccompanied asylum seekers aged under 18 - foster
care or hostels or cash and private rented accommodation (under
section 20 Children Act).
Asylum seekers 'in need of care and attention' -
accommodation and support in kind (under section 21 National Assistance
Act 1948). Refused asylum seekers with care needs only qualify
if they applied for asylum on arrival in the UK or have an outstanding
fresh human rights/asylum claim.
Asylum seekers who have just arrived in the UK and
have not yet claimed asylum in person (unless they have a child
or care needs).
Asylum seekers whom the Home Office considers did
not claim asylum 'as soon as reasonably practicable', unless they
can prove the lack of support would breach their human rights.
Refused asylum seekers who have no new asylum/human
rights claim and cannot meet the strict conditions for section
Refused asylum seekers with a child where the Home
Office has certified under 'section 9' that they have not left
the UK voluntarily.