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The Home Office provides support to destitute asylum seekers, and in some cases, appeal rights exhausted (ARE) asylum seekers. Two types of asylum support are available: section 95 and section 4 support.

In the majority of cases, the Home Office will be responsible for providing support to people who have claimed asylum. Instances when asylum seekers and ARE asylum seekers may be provided with accommodation and financial support by social services instead of the Home Office are outlined in our information on social services’ support for families, and social services’ support for adults.

Home Office support is also available to people who are subject to immigration bail and who are destitute, either on their release from detention or whilst they are living in the community. This is usually referred to as ‘Schedule 10’ support.

Immigration terms

Asylum seeker

A person who has made a claim to the UK government for protection (asylum) under the United Nations Refugee Convention 1951 and is waiting for a decision from the Home Office or final decision from the appeal courts (following a refusal).

Appeal rights exhausted (ARE)

The status of a person whose asylum or immigration claim has been refused when they have come to the end of the appeal process without success or have no further right of appeal.