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UN recommends increase in asylum support rates

On 24 June 2016, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights issued its concluding observations on the 6th report of the UK and noted that it “is concerned about the challenges faced by asylum seekers in the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights, particularly due to restrictions in accessing employment and the insufficient level of support provided through the daily allowance (art. 2, para. 2 and 11).”

 

The Committee recommended that the UK

“increase the level of support provided to asylum seekers, including through the daily allowance in order to ensure their enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights, in particular the right to an adequate standard of living. The Committee reiterates its previous recommendation (E/C.12/GBR/CO/5, para. 27) and encourages the State party to ensure that asylum seekers are not restricted from accessing employment while their claims are being processed.”

 

The Committee also expressed concern that refugees, asylum-seekers and refused asylum-seekers continue to face discrimination in accessing health care services and recommended that the UK “take steps to ensure that temporary migrants and undocumented migrants, asylum seekers, refused asylum seekers, refugees and Roma, Gypsies and Travellers, have access to all necessary health-care services, and reminds the State party that health facilities, goods and services should be accessible to everyone without discrimination, in line with article 12 of the Covenant. The Committee draws the State party’s attention to its general comment No. 14 (2000) on the right to the highest attainable standard of health.”