Asylum seekers & refugees

If you are an asylum seeker, refugee or someone acting on their behalf, you will find the following agencies are able to offer advice and support.
National Asylum & Support Service
The Home Office has the duty to provide assistance to asylum seekers through the National Asylum Support Service (NASS).

NASS support usually includes a weekly cash installment for basic essentials such as:

• Food, toiletries, and clothing
• Housing
• Help with asylum application costs (but not legal expenses)
• Maternity payments, including a milk allowance and a one-off maternity payment.

Local Authorities administer the various benefits asylum seekers are entitled to and also make provisions for temporary accommodation.
Contacts Details
Tel: 0845 602 1739
See their website at (click on the link):  

Refugee Council
The Refugee Council is the largest organisation in the UK working with asylum seekers and refugees.

PO Box 68614
E15 9DQ
Tel: 020 7346 6700
Fax: 020 7346 6701  

Migrant Helpline
Migrant Helpline is a charity involved with providing advice and support for asylum seekers and refugees entering and living in the UK, facilitating the integration of asylum seekers and refugees into the community  and promoting awareness of asylum issues .
Charlton House, Dour Street, Dover, Kent, CT16 1AT
Tel: 01304 203977
See their website (click on the link):

Shelter Emergency Housing Advice Helpline
Shelter is a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing.
Tel: 0808 800 4444
See their website (click on the link):
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