Early day motion 905

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SUPPORT FOR CLAIMANTS UNDER THE IMMIGRATION AND ASYLUM ACT 1999

That this House is concerned that support rates under section 4 and section 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 are very austere; notes that a maximum payment of £35.39 per person per week is barely half the sum of income support and is often not sufficient to cover essential medical, food and transport costs; deems the maximum level of support of just £5.06 per person per day as a strong driver of asylum seekers' social exclusion in society; urges the Government to raise the support rates under section 4 and section 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 to a minimum of £45.44 per person per week, representing 80 per cent. of income support, for single adults; recognises that the cashless payment methods under which section 4 benefits are issued place detrimental limits on how families and individuals can buy fundamental goods and services and access transport; believes that restrictions on the use of the cashless payment method unfairly favour just nine of the UK's largest retailers, which damages local businesses; supports a move towards cash methods for distributing support payments; and urges the Government to reassess the conditions used to determine granting of support rates under section 4 so that they include people who are currently being refused or withdrawn from support but who clearly have substantial health needs as was the case previously.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 06.01.2014
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 08.01.2014
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 15.01.2014
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 07.01.2014
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 06.01.2014
Galloway, George Respect Bradford West 05.02.2014
Kaufman, Gerald Labour Party Manchester Gorton 13.03.2014
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 13.01.2014
Long, Naomi Alliance Party Belfast East 22.01.2014
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 14.01.2014
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 08.01.2014
Mulholland, Greg Liberal Democrats Leeds North West 08.04.2014
Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down 06.01.2014
Sheerman, Barry Labour Party Huddersfield 06.01.2014
Vaz, Valerie Labour Party Walsall South 17.01.2014
Ward, David Liberal Democrats Bradford East 08.01.2014
Wood, Mike Roy Labour Party Batley and Spen 24.02.2014