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WESTMINSTER PLANS COURT CHALLENGE OVER ASYLUM BENEFITS

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Westminster City Council says the government's benefit cuts for asylum seekers will cost is£11m, BBC Radio Four's ...
Westminster City Council says the government's benefit cuts for asylum seekers will cost is £11m, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

It plans to challenge the government in the high court arguing that under existing homeless legislation and the Children Act it will still have an obligation to house asylum seeker families.

Westminster's social services chairman Alex Segal told the programme that would add £100 to council tax bills.

The council supports the government's crackdown on asylum seekers, he said, 'but don't do it in a rush and don't do it in such a way that the council tax payer is left carrying the can.'
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