Asylum: Housing

(asked on 31st October 2022) - View Source

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many places in accommodation alternative to Manston did she approve from (a) 6 to 11, (b) 12 to 18, (d) 19 to 25 and (e) 26 to 30 September 2022; when the first of those places was approved; and when the first place accommodated someone.

Answered by
Robert Jenrick Portrait
Robert Jenrick
This question was answered on 3rd November 2022

The significant increase in dangerous journeys across the Channel is placing unprecedented strain on our asylum system.

We are committed to working closely with communities and stakeholders to ensure destitute asylum seekers are housed in safe, secure and suitable accommodation, and that they are treated with dignity, care and compassion while their asylum claim is considered. All appropriate options are being explored to ensure that suitable accommodation is secured as quickly as is necessary and hotels are one element.

In the month of September 19 new hotel sites were brought into use providing additional bedspaces for over 2700 people

A breakdown of individual hotels, approvals, online and occupancy could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

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