Upon arrival asylum seekers are provided with: • A bed (if single) or room (if a family) in an "Initial Assessment Hostel" & £90 to provide for their needs until they are interviewed.
This should take place within eighteen days but often they must wait much longer.
They also are entitled to basic health care & basic english lessons.
What an asylum seeker cannot receive
A Job: Anyone claiming asylum is not permitted to seek employment, hold a driving licence, or receive training or higher education.
Benefits: An asylum seeker is not allowed to claim any benefits, because they are not allowed to seek work. Instead they receive an allowance of £36.95 per week per person, eg. a family of four will receive £147.80 per week.
A Council House: Asylum seekers have to live where the Home Office contractors house them after they are "dispersed". They can only be housed in private rented housing. A family of four can expect a two-bedroom flat.