The government has decided that the support for asylum seekers to be increased by 3 pence per week from £39.60 to £39.63 or £5.66 per day. This is meant to cover food, clothes, transport, toiletries, telephone, etc but not accommodation.
All the charities supporting asylum seekers condemn this as an insult. The government increased the support for those on Universal Credit by £20 per week and should do the same for asylum seekers.
14 years ago the weekly support to asylum seekers was £40.22 – higher than it is now after the 3 pence increase.