Bishop Lynch: UK Government’s cuts to support for survivors of modern slavery “deeply disappointing”

Bishop Patrick Lynch has expressed his deep disappointment at the UK Government’s decision to cut the weekly subsistence payments for survivors of modern slavery by more than 40% – from £65 to £37.75.

“It is deeply disappointing that despite the Prime Minister’s pledge to go further on protecting victims of modern slavery, the government has chosen to reduce the financial support given to survivors.

“The care of survivors should be at the heart of all work against human trafficking, as a core part of recognising and restoring their God-given human dignity.”

The 40% cut places the subsistence payments in line with support given to asylum seekers. Survivors receive this support for 45 days following confirmation that they are victims of modern slavery.