Benefit rule overturned

The High Court last week ruled against the previous government’s
policy of reviewing all claims by asylum seekers in receipt of
benefits before February 1996.

In February 1996, the then Conservative administration brought
in new social security regulations ending the right of asylum
seekers to claim a range of benefits, including Disability Living
Allowance and Family Credit.

The regulations did not apply to those already receiving any of
the benefits before the introduction date, except in the case of a

But the government had said that the new regulations meant all
previous applications had to be reviewed. The High Court ruled last
week that it could not operate such a policy.

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