Asylum: Housing

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of Helen Hayes Helen Hayes Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provisions will be in the new asylum accommodation contracts to ensure accommodation is safe for young children and infants before families are placed.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The new contracts will require accommodation providers to provide safe, habitable, fit for purpose and correctly equipped accommodation that complies with the Decent Homes Standard in addition to standards outlined in relevant national or local housing legislation.

The contracts will also include provision for childcare equipment, including cots, high chairs, sterilisation equipment and child safety gates where necessary.

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