Benefits plan may breach convention


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    he Child Poverty Action Group says a plan to replace backdated
    income support for refugees with a system of loans may breach the
    Geneva Convention on Refugees.


     


    The charity says the convention stipulates that a country must
    treat refugees in the same way it does its own nationals in
    relation to social security benefits. Under the present system
    asylum seekers are not entitled to income support but, if they are
    granted refugee status, it is backdated to when they
    arrived.


     


    Kate Green, the charity’s chief executive, said the
    government’s plan, which will be piloted in one area, was
    “grossly unfair” and would increase debt and
    poverty.


     


    A Home Office spokesperson said the government was confident it was
    not breaching the convention.

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