Support Cuts for Children

WERS has just heard that the Government is cutting the support rate for asylum seeker children by £16 a week – an absolute disgrace! On 6 April the weekly Section 95 support for children under 16 will be reduced from £52.96 to £36.95, the same rate as for adult asylum seekers over 18. WERS already sees how asylum seeking families struggle to live on the small amount of cash from the Government. This brutal reduction will have a devastating impact on the health and well-being of children who have already been through so much in their short lives. Additionally, the rate for 16-18 year olds will go down by £2.85 and for adults over 18, support will go up 33p after nearly six years with no increase. Outrageous.

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