12 Aug 2014

The Children’s Society response to the Government’s ruling on financial support for families seeking asylum

Peter Grigg, Director of Campaigns, Policy and Research at The Children’s Society, said: 

'The Government has today condemned an estimated 10,000 children in the UK to live in the most severe poverty through its failure to increase financial support for families fleeing war, violence and persecution.

'We know from the families that we work with that so many are struggling to provide their children with the basics they need for a healthy life. Our research shows that support for families seeking asylum has been frozen since April 2011. It has effectively been cut by over 7% as the costs of food and other essentials have risen. Some families would now need nearly three times the amount of money they are currently living on just to escape poverty.

'Although the Government has acknowledged that the financial support for 16 and 17-year-olds seeking asylum with their families is even lower than that given to younger children, it has refused to make the changes needed to give them what they need to develop and thrive. Families cannot afford to buy them the basics, including enough for food, travel to school, books or to join their classmates on school trips.

'The Government’s failure to act is completely unacceptable. No child fleeing persecution should be forced into poverty and destitution.'

See our briefing on the issue of asylum support.


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For more information, please call Beth Herzfeld in The Children’s Society media team on 020 7841 4422, 07775 812 357 or email beth.herzfeld@childrenssociety.org.uk. For out-of-hours enquiries please call 07810 796 508.

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