Secretary of State for the Home Department, Regina (on the Application of) v Asylum Support Adjudicator and others: Admn 16 May 2006

The Asylum Support adjudicators had allowed appeals by the asylum failed seekers, and had awarded them support. The Secretary of State now appealed. The failed asylum seekers had been unable to leave the country and having been refused support were destitute.
Held: The decisions had been wrong. The decision fell to be made in stages. First, was he but no longer, an asylum seeker, and his claim for asylum was rejected. Secondly, was he destitute? Third, did he meet any of the conditions under regulation 3(2). Reg 3(2)(b) asked that the applicant be unable to leave the country ‘by reason of a physical impediment to travel or for some other medical reason’, and the limb is sub-divided by reference to the alternatives of ‘a physical impediment to travel’, or ‘some other medical reason’. The decision maker must take a two stage approach, asking first whether he was unable to leave, and then as to the reason. The words were to be given their ordinary meaning. ‘Unable’ means the same as ‘not able’ but is different from ‘impossible’: ‘To substitute an absolute test of impossibility in the literal sense of that word would be to put it too high. ‘
Holman J
[2006] EWHC 1248 (Admin), Times 11-Jul-2006
Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, Immigration and Asylum (Provision of Accommodation to Failed Asylum-Seekers) Regulations 2005 (SI 2005/930) 3
England and Wales
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