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Home Office written question – answered on 26th March 2015.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the capability of each local authority to accommodate the number of asylum seekers dispersed to those areas.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

Agreements between the Government and local authorities are voluntary and have been in place since the last Government set them up in 2000. Accommodation providers are contractually required to liaise and consult with local authorities to ensure that the impacts of dispersal have been fully assessed. Providers will take into account the cultural compatibility of the environment; capacity of local health, education and other support services; concentration of service users; and the assessment of social tension risks.

This work is formally supported through Strategic Migration Partnerships; local authority-led partnerships with the Home Office and accommodation providers, established as a forum for managing the dispersal of asylum seekers to local authorities.

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