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  • Advising BME communities project


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    The advising black and minority ethnic (BME) communities project aims to support those working with both existing and new BME communities - including migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers - to maximize potential income available through the benefits and tax credits system for families and individuals at the risk of poverty.

    This project provides a range of training, information, a quarterly ebulletin and support for organisations and those working with BME groups.

  • Refugee children – Disability Living Allowance – past presence test

    Last updated: May 24, 2017
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    Update 09/09/2016: the DWP has now issued guidance, DMG Memo 20/16 and ADM Memo 21/16, confirming that it will not be appealing against the Upper Tribunal decision and that the past presence test is no longer applicable to claims for disability living allowance, personal independence payment, attendance allowance or carer's allowance.

  • Destitution among refugee and asylum-seeking children

    Issue 138 (Spring 2011)
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    Fleeing from persecution to seek protection in a different country places already vulnerable families in a precarious position. Often families are forced to live on amounts that fall far short of providing for their basic needs and which place them well below the poverty line as their asylum claim is processed, which can take several months or even years.

  • The health and healthcare of vulnerable migrant children

    Issue 138 (Spring 2011)
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    Many different groups of migrant children may be at particular risk of poor health and limited access to healthcare. These include unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (who have applied for asylum in their own right) and children who are dependants of asylum-seeking adults,

  • Tribunal ruling on DLA entitlement for disabled refugee children


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    CPAG welcomes the Upper Tribunal decision on disabled refugee children who up to now, have not been entitled to disability living allowance (DLA) until they have spent over two years in the UK. On 17 March 2016, Judge Kate Markus QC found that the current past presence test unjustifiably discriminates against refugees and their family members and should therefore be dis-applied.