Increase in funding and support for asylum seekers

Home Office Minister Chris Philp announced yesterday in parliament that –

with effect from 15 June, the asylum support rate will be increased by 5%, from £37.75 a week up to £39.60 a week.

In addition, the government has confirmed increased funding to support local authorities providing ongoing support to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children leaving care –

The new rate (£240 per person per week) replaces the previous rates of £150 and £200 per week, representing a 20-60% increase.

There will also be a targeted 25% uplift in funding for local authorities across the UK who are currently looking after the highest numbers of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children when compared to their child population. They will receive a tariff of £143 per child per night instead of the standard rate of £114 per child per night.

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