Current support amounts
This page explains how much money you will receive if you are an asylum applicant who qualifies for help with living costs.
We call this 'cash support'. For information on who can receive this help and how it is paid, see the Cash support page.
The level of cash support we provide takes into account the fact that asylum applicants have access to fully furnished and rent-free accommodation with utilities (such as electricity, gas and water) included. The current rates of support are:
- Qualifying couple (married or in a civil partnership): £72.52
- Lone parent aged 18 or over: £43.94
- Single person aged 18 or over, excluding lone parent: £36.62
- Person aged at least 16, but under 18 (except a member of a qualifying couple): £39.80
- Person aged under 16: £52.96.
The rate for a single person aged 25 or over (excluding lone parents), where the decision to grant support was made prior to 5 October 2009 and the person reached age 25 prior to that date, is £42.62. However, this rate will not be offered to any new applicant applying for support after 5 October 2009.
If you are a woman who is pregnant or has children under 3 years old, you are entitled to extra money. For more information, see Extra money for mothers and children.
Your case owner can give you more information about these payments.