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End Forced Destitution
The asylum system often lets down young people and their families, leaving them vulnerable and forced to survive far below the poverty line.
While that is something we have gathered through our projects and our research, a parliamentary inquiry recently uncovered the same situation for these vulnerable families. They described a situation that often leaves young people vulnerable and far below the poverty line, and the report called for the Home Office to make urgent changes to the asylum-support system.
Please join us in demanding change, so that no child, no matter where they are from, ever has to suffer inhumanely.
What needs to change
Part of the current asylum-support system leaves asylum seekers with no cash at all - they get a tiny amount of money on a special card, which doesn’t allow them to do fundamental things like ride a bus to hospital, or save for a coat to keep their child warm in the winter.
That system must end. We’re also calling for support rates to be brought into line with basic benefit levels. Right now, they are much lower, and leave families – who do not have the right to work – way below the poverty line.
Since 2009, the Home Office has had a legal duty to promote and safeguard the welfare of all children, regardless of where they’ve come from. We are demanding that they live up to this duty, so that no child, no matter where they are from, ever has to suffer like this.