For a range of nine families, this chart contrasts the poverty line and levels of support they are eligible for.
The families are:
1. Lone parent, one child aged 16
2. Lone parent, one child aged 10
3. Lone parent, one child aged 6 months
4. Couple, one child aged 16
5. Couple, one child aged 10
6. Couple, one child aged 6 months
7. Lone parent, one disabled child aged 10 (mid rate care)
8. Lone disabled parent with one child aged 10 (mid rate care)
9. Couple, one disabled child aged 10 (mid rate care)
1. The poverty threshold is calculated after housing costs.
2. For scenarios 7-9, under the mainstream system households where there is a member of the family with a disability will receive additional payments – for example disability living allowance and the severe disability premium. These rates will depend on the particular support needs and are only indicative of the kind of variance that exists between the mainstream and asylum support systems.
3. These rates do not include the one-off maternity grants that families may receive: £500 under mainstream benefits, £300 under Section 95 and £250 under Section 4.
4. Section 4 rates include additional payments for children under three but do not include extra payments such as the children's clothing allowance that families may request separately.