Benefit entitlements for immigrants

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

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?

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Yours faithfully,
Matt Demana

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refuted left an annotation ()

Sounds like asylum support, which is not the responsibility of the DWP but Home Office

"each week" "£36.95 for each person"
https://www.gov.uk/asylum-support/what-y...

S Banks left an annotation ()

Sainsburies has a contract from these kinds of vouchers as far as I know. You don't get change and you can't actually spend them on anything other than food. What I would want to know is how a big supermarket chain gets such a cushy contract.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Mr Demana [mailto:[FOI #297124 email]]
Sent: 15 October 2015 15:52
To: DWP freedom-of-information-requests
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Benefit entitlements for immigrants

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

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"

Yours faithfully,
Matt Demana

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-----Original Message-----
From: Mr Demana [mailto:[FOI #297124 email]]
Sent: 15 October 2015 15:52
To: DWP freedom-of-information-requests
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Benefit entitlements for immigrants

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

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"

Yours faithfully,
Matt Demana

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