This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Benefit entitlements for immigrants'.

 
 
DWP Central Freedom of Information   
Team
Annex A 
e-mail: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx.  
gov.uk
 
Our Re
 
f: VTR 4470
 
DATE: 1 December 2015
 
Annex A 
 
 
Dear Matt Demana 
  
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 15 October 2015. You asked: 
 
The following post (copied in full below) has been circulating on Facebook, alleging that people 
are eligible to receive £26 a day/£182 a week in Tesco vouchers on the basis of being 
immigrants present in the UK. This is alleged to be in addition to the free housing and benefits 
for clothes, shoes, etc. Can you confirm whether the UK government does indeed provide 
vouchers of this amount to immigrants in the UK? 
 
"I'm shocked and disgusted at what I've found out/saw! I really can't believe it! Immigrants get 
£26.00 a day for food in tesco vouchers from our government. Which means each person gets 
£182.00 a week,therefore a family of 4 gets £728.00 a week or £2,912 a month just for food 
that's without their free housing and other benefits for clothes,shoes etc,etc. So I'm in Tescos 
and surprise,surprise the immigrants are spending their vouchers on crates of beer and bottles 
of spirits!!!!! They are being treated better than our old people that have paid into our system 
and have every right to the money the government is freely giving away when they are 
struggling on their measly pension! So pissed off with this! Rant over... copied from a friend" 
 
Asylum support is the responsibility of the Home Office. I can confirm that the figures cited in 
your request are incorrect. Those who arrive here and claim asylum receive support from the 
Home Office while their asylum applications are being considered. Details on asylum support 
is publically available here: https://www.gov.uk/asylum-support/what-youll-get 
 
If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number 
above.   
Yours sincerely,  
 
 
DWP Strategy FoI Team 
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