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Refugee Council & DWP leaflet published: Claiming Universal Credit and other benefits if you are a refugee

Refugee Council & DWP leaflet published: Claiming Universal Credit and other benefits if you are a refugee

Refugee Council & DWP leaflet published: Claiming Universal Credit and other benefits if you are a refugee

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Refugee Council, in collaboration with the Department for Work and Pensions, have produced a new guidance leaflet for refugees, which helps individuals with newly granted refugee status to transition to the mainstream welfare system. You can find the new guidance leaflet here.


Claiming Universal Credit and other benefits if you are a refugee

The information within this leaflet explains what you need to do to secure new income and accommodation, once refugee status has been confirmed.

The Refugee Council and DWP advise those with newly granted refugee status of three main things to do immediately after getting one’s biometric residence permit:

This important piece of guidance provides a detailed description of the Department for Work and Pensions and its main functions. It also explains what the Jobcentre is and how it is involved in the administration of benefits.

As well as detailing the duties owed by the local authority, it also explains how organisations such as Migrant Help can provide advice and guidance, once a decision has been made on one’s claim.

In our ‘2018 Frontline Worker Survey’, many frontline workers expressed a desire for training and information on people’s immigration rights, as well as further updates on the impact of Brexit and how to obtain settled status.

It was further acknowledged that supporting people with immigration issues can often involve complex legal applications. Several frontline workers suggested that it wasn’t their role to provide such specialist legal advice – and so alongside training, there also needs to be improved signposting and availability of specialist advice to refer to.

Have you used this leaflet to support an individual who has recently been granted refugee status?

Are there any other barriers you find when accessing specialist immigration support? Please let us know by taking part in our Frontline Worker Survey 2019.

Complete the survey here.

The survey is confidential and anonymous, and we will not be able to trace responses back to individuals or to organisations.
 
The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete and will be open until close of play on Wednesday 26th November 2019. 

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