welfare rights advice
Once Leave to Remain is granted, refugees are entitled to mainstream benefits. The majority of refugees are highly motivated to find employment and come off benefits, however they face various problems including language barriers, de-skilling as a result of years spent as asylum seekers and lack of specialist advice and support services which could enable them to prepare for employment.
Advice and support is given by appointment on:
- Information and advice about benefits
- Assistance to apply for benefits e.g. Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Child Benefits, Working Tax Credits, Disability Living Allowance and Housing Benefit
- Applying for Crisis Loans
- Transition into work
- Benefits problems and appeals
- Debt problems
- Housing Support
- Assisting refugees to get housing
- Helping clients to bid for houses on the Homelink system
- Help with setting up home, including contacting utilities companies, assistance with benefits, community care grants, finding furniture, etc.