Originally posted by theukman
ask them about travel allowance and if asylum seekers can claim for cars when they report that they are looking for work but are too scared to catch
the bus due to abuse from other people.
- A 'travel allowance' is for fares, maybe even stretching (in the exceptional circumstances you described) to a taxi fare (although a friend in
the DWP said he once heard of someone getting a loan for an airfare from London to Scotland for a funeral on a cheapo ticket which was less than the
But the fact remains, there is no such 'benefit' as a car allowance, or a 'car insurance allowance or a road tax allowance.
i would look into the background workings of the dwp before blasting other people down.
- I'm not "blasting anyone down".
I'm simply telling the truth, there is no such grant or allowance for a car, car insurance or road tax and anyone who says otherwise is invited to
back that up with a reference to the part of the law used to give one under.
As I said with the hair extensions example, a person could
be given a grant for something else (in the case I know of it was a paltry £350 to
funish a completely bare house) and go and buy a cheap banger, I suppose but it certainly would not have been paid out for that specific purpose.
The one exception in all of this would be a motobility grant intended for the severely disabled.
can get help towards a car (but that does not amount to the full price being paid for them) but that scheme was so abused it has been
and as for housing this just gets me mad, i have a 3mnth old child and we live in a 1 bed flat they have just built some new houses just
around the corner, already 3 asylum seeking families have moved in and i can't even get moved to a 2 bed flat on the council, whats going on here?
- What's going on is a stretched system trying to allocate according to need, sometimes it gets it right quickly and sometimes wrong slowly.
The real problem is a thread-bare lack of social housing provision, blaming immigrants (or the current favourite code for 'pretending we're not
racists' - 'illegal immigrants' or 'asylum seekers') is just scapegoating.
It might be easy to knock what appears to be 'them' getting new housing (how many of them to a 'new house) but it isn't typical and I would be
willing to bet you wouldn't swap lives with them even if you could.
The truth is that asylum seekers and new immigrants get poor quality housing typically; as has always been the way.
A few exceptions do not alter that.
The benefits system in the UK is not especially generous and claims that 'they' are getting things most people aren't is just myth and propaganda
calculated to inflame on the basis of most being ignorant of the facts.
Exceptions do not prove they all are handed the 'life of Reilly'.
Here's the full listings -
- ......and not a special 'immigrant' rate amongst them.
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