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HIGH COURT RULES NO HOUSING BENEFIT FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS

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Asylum seekers, no longer able to receive emergency welfare help under social security regulations, are not legally...
Asylum seekers, no longer able to receive emergency welfare help under social security regulations, are not legally entitled to council housing while their claims to refugee status are processes, a high court judge ruled yesterday, The Times reports (p11).

Mr Justice Popplewell said that asylum seekers were not entitled to housing as 'vulnerable' people under the 1985 Housing Act. Councils are obliged to consider housing homeless people with a 'priority' - pregnant women, the elderly, those with dependent children and the disabled.

'Impecuniosity' could not, under the housing law, amount to a 'special reason'.
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