1 Asylum support, section 4(2): policy and process Version Page 1 of 23 Published for Home Office staff on 16 February 2018. Contents Contents .. 2. About this guidance .. 4. Application of this instruction in respect of children and those with children .. 4. Contacts .. 4. Publication .. 4. Changes from last version of this guidance .. 5. section 4(2) support overview .. 6. Legislative 6. Accommodation arrangements and nature of section 4(2) support .. 6. Location of the accommodation .. 6. Access to emergency accommodation .. 7. Conditions of support .. 7. Dependants .. 7. Evidence considered before adding dependants.
2 8. section 8. Eligibility test and applicant's duties .. 9. Destitution test .. 9. Supporting evidence .. 10. Persons taking all reasonable steps to leave the UK .. 10. Persons unable to leave the UK by reason of a physical impediment to travel or some other medical reason.. 11. Pregnancy .. 11. Person with a new-born child .. 11. Person is unable to leave the UK: no current viable route of return .. 12. Person has made an application for judicial review .. 12. Support provided to avoid breaching ECHR rights .. 12. Further submissions .. 13. Implication of the further submissions decision on section 4(2) eligibility.
3 14. Providing support on condition that the person complies with specified steps to facilitate departure: regulation 6(2)(d) .. 14. Reviewing the provision of support .. 15. Refusing or discontinuing support .. 15. Appeals against refusal or discontinuation of support .. 16. Discontinuation of support to families with children .. 16. Repeat applications .. 16. Page 2 of 23 Published for Home Office staff on 16 February 2018. Additional services or facilities under the 2007 regulations .. 18. Background .. 18. Different types of additional services and facilities .. 18. Travel: regulation 3 .. 18. Travel for healthcare treatment.
4 19. Travel to register a birth .. 19. If the person is seeking assistance to fund the costs of travel to register a birth the .. 19. Travel for dependants .. 20. Birth certificates: regulation 4 .. 20. Telephone calls: regulation 5(1) .. 20. Stationery: regulation 5(2) .. 21. One-off additional support for pregnant women and new mothers: regulation 6 21. Additional support: pregnant women and children under three: regulation 7 .. 22. Additional weekly support for children's clothing: regulation 8 .. 22. Exceptional specific needs: regulation 9 .. 22. Page 3 of 23 Published for Home Office staff on 16 February 2018.
5 About this guidance This instruction sets out the policy and procedures to be followed in considering applications for support provided under section 4(2) of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999. Application of this instruction in respect of children and those with children section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and immigration Act 2009 requires the Home Office to carry out its existing functions in a way that considers the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in the UK. It does not impose any new functions, or override existing functions. Officers must not apply the actions set out in this instruction either to children or to those with children without having due regard to section 55.
6 The Home Office instruction Every child matters: change for children' sets out the key principles to consider in all relevant activities. Our statutory duty to children includes the need to demonstrate: fair treatment which meets the same standard a British child would receive the child's interests being made a primary, although not the only consideration no discrimination of any kind Asylum applications are dealt with in a timely fashion identification of those that might be at risk from harm Contacts If you have any questions about the guidance and your line manager or senior caseworker cannot help you or you think that the guidance has factual errors, then email Asylum policy inbox.
7 If you notice any formatting errors in this guidance (broken links, spelling mistakes and so on) or have any comments about the layout or navigability of the guidance then you can email the Guidance Rules and Forms team. Publication Below is information on when this version of the guidance was published: version published for Home Office staff on 16 February 2018. Page 4 of 23 Published for Home Office staff on 16 February 2018. Changes from last version of this guidance References to support provided under section 4(1) of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999 have been removed from this document, as this provision was repealed with effect from 15 January 2018 and separate guidance has been published to cover arrangements for those who continue to be eligible to receive it under transitional arrangements.
8 Some stylistic and other changes have also been made in consequence of these changes and other text has been removed to avoid unnecessary duplication. Related content Contents For context see Asylum support policy and process instructions on Horizon. Related external links ( Asylum support instruction pages). Page 5 of 23 Published for Home Office staff on 16 February 2018. section 4(2) support overview Legislative provisions Failed Asylum seekers may be supported under section 4(2) of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999 if they meet certain eligibility criteria. The immigration and Asylum (Provision of Accommodation to Failed Asylum - Seekers) Regulations 2005 set out the eligibility criteria Dependants of failed Asylum seekers may be supported under section 4(3) of the 1999 Act.
9 Accommodation arrangements and nature of section 4(2). support Cash payments are not provided to those receiving support provided under section 4(2). Those who receive the support are generally provided with accommodation and a payment card (the Aspen card) that can be used to buy food and other essential items. The Aspen card bears the visa logo and can be used at retail outlets that accept visa payments. Occasionally, full board accommodation may be provided to meet specific needs. In such cases, the Aspen card is not provided as food and essential toiletries are provided in the accommodation centre. Travel expenses for those supported under section 4(2) to attend reporting events can be provided under the powers in section 69 of the Nationality, immigration and Asylum Act 2002.
10 See also regulations 5 to 9 of the Asylum Support Regulations 2000. Location of the accommodation Those granted support under section 4(2) are provided with accommodation on a no- choice basis, which will usually be outside London and the south-east of England. However, the caseworker may exceptionally consider providing accommodation in a particular location if there are particular reasons to do so, for example medical reasons. The Asylum Support Medical Adviser is able to provide advice on: the general availability of medical treatment in a particular region of the UK that the person may need to access the person's fitness to travel to the region any specific type of accommodation the person may need to be provided with because of a medical reason Page 6 of 23 Published for Home Office staff on 16 February 2018.