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Asylum and immigration

Following changes in the law due to the Immigration and Asylum Act of 1999, asylum seekers that arrived after April 2000 no longer have a right to assistance and do not have to be provided for by the council.

Instead, the Home Office provides support through the National Asylum Support Service (NASS).
 
The National Asylum Support Service (NASS) provides support, accommodation and financial help for asylum seekers whilst their claim is being considered by the Immigration & Nationality Directorate (IND). They administer the various benefits asylum seekers are entitled to and also make provisions for temporary accommodation.