Young migrants living far below poverty line

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More than 10,000 children of asylum seekers are being forced to live “far below the poverty line” because benefit payments are “shockingly low”, according to a report by the Children’s Society.

In a bleak assessment of how the welfare system treats asylum seekers, the charity says that in some cases recipients only get “half of what a comparable family would receive in income support”. Unlike traditional benefits, which are uprated every year to take inflation into account, welfare payments to asylum seekers are increased at the discretion of politicians. With the UK Border Agency considering whether to raise these benefit levels, charities and senior Liberal Democrats are arguing for a more cash.

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