The Bishop of Durham received the following written answers on 24th October 2022:
The Lord Bishop of Durham asked His Majesty’s Government when they will publish the next version of the Processing children’s asylum claims guidance.
Lord Sharpe of Epsom (Con): The Processing children’s asylum claims guidance is under review.
The current version of the guidance does not yet reflect changes under the Nationality and Borders Act 2022, where those came into force on 28 June 2022. Other guidance reflecting those changes made under the Nationality and Borders Act 2022, which are relevant to children’s asylum cases, are available on GOV.UK.
We are engaging with external stakeholders on the proposed updates to the guidance and a new version will be published in due course.
The Lord Bishop of Durham asked His Majesty’s Government:
- what estimate they have made of the number of people with British children who have applied for a change to their asylum status from a status with no recourse to public funds.
- whether people granted temporary protection under the Permission to stay on a protection route for asylum claims lodged on or after 28 June 2022 guidance, published on 28 June, will permanently avoid a change to their conditions of no recourse to public funds.
Lord Sharpe of Epsom: Individuals granted refugee permission to stay (Group 1 refugees) or temporary permission to stay (Group 2 refugees) currently have full access to the labour market, as well as recourse to public funds.
Section 12 of the Nationality and Borders Act 2022 permits differentiation on the basis of access to public funds. All our policies are kept under review and may be subject to change in the future.