Asylum seekers costs row

A challenge is now pending in the High Court to moves by Parliament to withdraw financial benefits from asylum seekers. Two London authorities, Westminster City Council and Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council, have won the right to seek judicial review of the moves. They are challenging them on the basis that withdrawal of funding from central government will land local authorities with the cost of housing and supporting asylum seekers and their dependants while they resort to lengthy appeal processes after refusal of refugee status. The Government says its withdrawal of finance was to remove an unwarranted burden on public funds, but the councils argue it is merely shifting the burden to local government.