Introduction to the Poverty Barrier report

In the train - "this could be my seat but because I don't have money I cannot take the train."

'The Poverty Barrier' is a ground-breaking report which provides the most comprehensive study to date of experiences of poverty among survivors of torture during and after their passage through the UK's asylum system.

It reveals how the day-to-day struggles of living without the means to meet basic living needs reinforce the powerlessness, fear and isolation that are the torture survivor's inheritance from their past, acting as a clear barrier to a their long-term recovery.

Keith Best, Freedom from Torture CEO, said:

The report's shocking findings recall the formidable challenges our clients face. This is a wake-up call that we must do more to help those individuals who have sacrificed and risked so much in escaping torture in their home country, and have ended up being some of the most vulnerable, the most needy and the most desperate in the UK.

The purpose of this report is to show how simple changes to the asylum and mainstream welfare benefits systems could dramatically improve the capacity of torture survivors to realise their right to rehabilitation, as guaranteed under international law.