An emergency motion deploring the government's plans to restrict asylum seekers' rights to housing and other benefi...
An emergency motion deploring the government's plans to restrict asylum seekers' rights to housing and other benefits - and urging them to be reconsidered - was passed overwhelmingly at today's ADC council meeting.
Under the government's plans, from 8 January 1996, asylum seekers and their dependants will be denied financial assistance.
Proposing the motion, Joyce Edmond Smith (Brighton) chair of the ADC's environment & health committee said the average time for a decision on asylum status was 10 months. The meant that 10,000 people would be left homeless and destitute while awaiting a decision.
The measure would save only 0.25 of 1% of the total social security budget, more than offset by the cost to local authorities of dealing with homelessness.