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star this property date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
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Home Office more like this
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star this property hansard heading Asylum: Finance more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to abolish the Azure payment card and amend legislation to enable the provision of cash support for all refused asylum seekers until they are either given status in the United Kingdom or return to their country of origin. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
unstar this property answer text <p>The Azure card is issued to destitute failed asylum seekers accommodated under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 because they are temporarily unable to leave the United Kingdom. The card can be used at most of the main supermarket chains to purchase food and other essential items. The performance of the card is kept under regular review but the Government is satisfied that it is an effective way of ensuring that recipients are able to meet their essential living needs and are not left destitute.</p><p> </p><p>The Government therefore has no plans to abolish the card or change legislation to allow people supported under section 4 to receive cash instead.</p><p> </p><p>The total administrative costs of the card scheme since it was introduced in 2009 are approximately £1,515,000. Estimated administrative costs for the current financial year are £200,000.</p><p> </p><p>The Government published its response to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee report about asylum procedures in December 2013 (cm 8769). A response to the Committee’s views on section 4 support was set out on page 18-19.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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HL2277 more like this
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less than 2014-10-28T15:17:55.3415588Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T15:17:55.3415588Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-09-16more like thismore than 2015-09-16
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
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star this property hansard heading Religious Hatred more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prevent attacks on Muslims and their places of worship in the light of the recent statistics from the Metropolitan Police Service showing an increase of 70 per cent in such attacks since July 2014. more like this
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Baroness Tonge more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-05more like thismore than 2015-10-05
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government takes the security of the Muslim and all other communities extremely seriously, and deplores all forms of hate crime. The Government is committed to stamping this out to ensure the safety and security of all our communities. Our new Counter-Extremism Strategy, due to be published later this year, will outline how we will further protect British Muslims, including communities worried about poisonous far right extremists who may be planning crimes such as attacks on mosques.</p><p>Ensuring that there is effective security at crowded places and potentially vulnerable sites, such as mosques, remains a priority for the Government. We work with the police to ensure the safety and security of all communities, and considerable advice and guidance has already been provided to mosques, madrassahs, synagogues, and other religious sites; for example, we have drawn upon the expertise of Bradford Council of Mosques and the Community Security Trust to develop security guidance for all mosques in the light of the 2014 incursions by Britain First.</p><p>The Department for Communities and Local Government also chairs a cross-Government working group on anti-Muslim hatred, which includes community organisations and representatives, to consider and develop initiatives to seek to combat hate crime.</p><p>Police forces continue to be alert to combating and responding to crimes being committed against members of the Muslim community, and to taking appropriate steps to safeguard people and property. Monitoring of the security situation and specific threats to communities remains under regular review, and if there is a need to consider additional measures to ensure the security of the Muslim or any other community, then these will be undertaken as and when it is appropriate to do so.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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less than 2015-10-05T15:51:58.803Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-05T15:51:58.803Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Tonge more like this