To think this Facebook post re: immigrants is nonsense?

(95 Posts)
Readytomakechanges Tue 03-Nov-15 22:11:57

A relative has shared a post that basically says: immigrants get £26 per day in Tesco vouchers which is more than our hard working British elderly, that have paid into the system all of their lives, are entitled to. Apparently these vouchers are in addition to housing benefit etc. and they have been seen spending said vouchers on booze.
The post seems like nonsense, and I'd like to challenge it, but would like to have some facts to back up my points and am afraid I don't know any figures on what benefits 'immigrants' are entitled to. Does anyone know this data so I can back up my challenge with facts? And AIBU to think it's nonsense?

ghostyslovesheep Tue 03-Nov-15 22:15:36

yes it's bullshit

TheSpectreOfMorningtonCrescent Tue 03-Nov-15 22:18:45

If it were true the fail would be all over that shit. FB + immigrants=bollox. Don't even bother just ignore and block.

ghostyslovesheep Tue 03-Nov-15 22:19:12

start by asking what they mean by 'immigrant' - asylum seeker, child AS, Migrant, Refugee or EU migrant ...

because benefit entitlements vary

no single person gets £26 a day for food though

Readytomakechanges Tue 03-Nov-15 22:19:37

I thought so, but if I just call bullshit, it will be answered with "well I knew someone who got this." So I'd like to answer it with some data/links/facts.

TalkinPease Tue 03-Nov-15 22:21:34

get them to link you to the facts - much simpler

SilentlyScreamingAgain Tue 03-Nov-15 22:28:02

As little as £5 per day, apparently:

www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/policy_research/the_truth_about_asylum/facts_about_asylum_-_page_1

LeonardoAcropolis Tue 03-Nov-15 22:35:24

There's a Facebook group called Exposing Britain First, they called bullshit on this a couple of days ago, backed up with facts and links. Worth taking a look and sharing their post.

OhMakeMeOver Tue 03-Nov-15 23:58:20

I saw that! I asked dp and he said it's bullshit. There is a lot of it going round.

chumbler Wed 04-Nov-15 01:39:04

Check out Britain fUrst. A great alternative

Unreasonablebetty Wed 04-Nov-15 01:53:00

I just clicked on the link, I feel awful for them. There are so many people that don't want them here, I hope they keep their opinions to themselves when they find themselves in the presence of an immigrant.

someonestolemynick Wed 04-Nov-15 01:53:14

I'm an immigrant, lived here for 8 years and just found out the British Government owes me 8 year's worth of vouchers.

bronnie98 Wed 04-Nov-15 19:03:36

My DP also an immigrant - we also must be owed 1000's pounds in food! Thank god for Britain First helping people like us wink

bronnie98 Wed 04-Nov-15 19:04:05

Ps yes it's bullshit.

TheWeeBabySeamus1 Wed 04-Nov-15 19:09:45

Its actually £35 a week on a pre paid card that can only be used in Tesco, Asda, Morrison, Co-op, Sainsburys, Mothercare and certain Salvation army stores. And thats only if they have an open asylum claim - if the claim fails they are given nothing.

GoneAndDone Wed 04-Nov-15 19:15:01

I'm an immigrant here. I would prefer Ocado vouchers, thanks, I'm owed about 11 years worth by now... wink

campogirl Thu 05-Nov-15 08:42:07

Read this letter to an MP and the response - I suggest that if you see the post on FB that you post this link as a comment smile

martinclarke.blogspot.com.es/2015/10/watch-out-for-facebook-lies.html

Battersea53 Sat 02-Jan-16 16:45:31

I don't know about food payments to asylum seekers, but I do know that every month they receive pre-paid cards for gas and electricity. In 2011, the amounts given every month to a family were: £120 gas + £90 electricity (£210), but these may have increased by now. There will be minor variations between councils across the UK and every council will deny this arrangement, but it is true.
In addition, asylum seekers whose application is in process have their Council Tax, water rates, rent and TV Licence also paid for; they get all this for free.
As regards cash money, a couple with 2 children receive £178 per week. A few months ago, Govt hoped to reduce this to £147 per week but may have dropped the change.

cardibach Sat 02-Jan-16 16:55:01

Battersea can I ask where you got those figures from, because this bit every council will deny this arrangement, but it is true makes me suspicious. I really worry about cases where someone maintains they are telling a truth which everyone else denies. Sounds a bit...conspiracy theorist. So could you link somewhere which demonstrates that your figures are true?

TiredButFineODFOJ Sat 02-Jan-16 17:06:16

When I see these I post that I'm working with homeless refugees at the moment and have not heard about this scheme - please pass me the details

Then sit back and wait for the hilarity.

If you're bored and fancy a fb war, keep replying. I was told that this cam from :-
The council (but not the one near me)
The DHSS (has not existed for over 20 years)
The DSS (again, does not exist)
The job centre (but not the one near me)

That was a fun day. Seems the scheme is so secret, even people posing as a refugee calling up to get on it, can't, because the places giving it out just deny it's existence.

soyvanillalatte Sat 02-Jan-16 17:09:05

Rubbish. I am an immigrant and have never seen a Tesco voucher.

soyvanillalatte Sat 02-Jan-16 17:10:17

Oh, I didn't consider back pay...excellent!

treacledan71 Sat 02-Jan-16 17:10:51

Not sure if above true but this country is mad. I was going to do a post on this but was a bit scared. Myself and dh have one DC. Just on border of getting no tax credits. Found out yesterday that a friend of friend who has 3 kids under 16. On her own. Gets 180.00 a week child tax. 70.00 a week income support (one child under 4) so no pressure to work of DWP at mo) 44.00 a week child benefit. All rent paid on top of this. Low council tax. No school lunches to pay for middle kid. Got all his uniform paid for when went to high school. Can claim all travel and equipment for older son going to college. I heard immigrants entitled to same. Perhaps I am a bit biiter cause we struggle

treacledan71 Sat 02-Jan-16 17:12:41

Sorry I should have said I do know some people cannot work for various reasons

soyvanillalatte Sat 02-Jan-16 17:13:43

treacledan I am an immigrant and receive nothing. Not a sausage.

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