First time applicants, that prove to be destitute, are entitled to accommodation and/or a weekly sum of money. Most asylum seekers are provided with initial accommodation (reception centres) designed for two or three weeks, and then further accommodation, if assessed as eligible for longer term support- usually self-contained for families and shared housing for other adults. This further accommodation mainly exists of privately owned flats and houses, managed by the companies contracted to the Home Office, or by their sub-contractors. Those on longer term support are also eligible for a weekly cash allowance. Asylum seekers choosing to live with friends or family are eligible for the cash support but not any contribution to the accommodation costs. Those refused asylum but supported to avoid a breach of their human rights can be moved to specific accommodation.
Those awaiting a decision on the longer term support are not given any cash. As the use of full board accommodation for those on longer term support increased during 2020 (e.g. hotels and repurposed military barracks) a small amount of cash is now given in addition to the full board.