COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Disabled refugees find voice through Council's lobbying

The Refugee Council and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation have collaborated on a report with the aim of improving services for disabled refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.

The report found that disabled refugees and asylum seekers were being denied essential help because of confusion about their entitlements among social services, local authorities and voluntary-sector organisations.

Many staff did not know that disabled refugees are entitled to the same benefits as other disabled people, and that asylum seekers are entitled to an assessment of their community care needs.

The Refugee Council has flagged up the report to policy makers within the Department of Health and the Home Office, but also wants to spread awareness among voluntary-sector organisations and statutory service providers.

"A lot of refugee organisations will be familiar with asylum legislation but not have wider knowledge of disability legislation and those needs,

said Jean Candler, Refugee Council press officer.

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