Refugees: Housing:Written question - HL12974

Asked on: 21 January 2019
Home Office
Refugees: Housing
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to support those refugees who have been granted leave to remain and are expected to find their own accommodation within 28 days; and in particular, what specific support they provide to such refugees in regard to (1) practical difficulties, (2) unsuitability of available accommodation, and (3) transitional and language challenges.
Answered on: 04 February 2019

The Government has been working on a number of initiatives to ensure that refugees are able to access benefits and housing promptly once any support they been provided by the Home Office ends 28 days after the grant of their status.

Refugees are eligible to receive assistance with housing from their local authority, in the same way as British Citizens or other permanent residents of the UK, and are treated as a priority need if they have children or are considered vulnerable. Asylum accommodation providers are under a contractual duty to refer these cases to the appropriate local authority.

The Home Office also provides a Biometric Residence Permit and National Insurance Number to enable newly recognised refugees to make an application for benefits and arranges an appointment with their nearest Job Centre if they confirm that they want assistance to make the application.

Refugees are entitled to access English language tuition if they are unemployed and looking for work.

Grouped Questions: HL12973

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