Council Housing: Immigrants

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 24th September 2015.

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Photo of Lord Beecham Lord Beecham Shadow Spokesperson (Housing), Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow Spokesperson (Justice)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost to local authorities of complying with their duty to support (1) failed asylum seekers and their children, and (2) evicted tenants deemed not to have the right to rent.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Home Office support any failed asylum cases involving children. Local authorities are only required to provide support to failed asylum seekers with children in rare circumstances, for example if a family member has an exceptional need. No estimate of the cost of such support has been made.

Landlords taking new tenants are required to conduct a right to rent check and the Government proposes to provide landlords with new powers to evict illegal migrants in the forthcoming Immigration Bill.

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