Asylum: Housing

Home Office written question – answered on 29th October 2018.

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Photo of Paul Sweeney Paul Sweeney Shadow Minister (Scotland)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department made of (a) external advice and (b) lessons learned from the current contract implementation period prior to the re-tendering of the Compass asylum accommodation contract.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

Since the establishment of the project in the autumn of 2016, there has been extensive engagement with strategic stakeholders, including Strategic Migration Partnerships (SMPs), Local Authorities and Statutory Organisations, to feed their views into the design of the next generation of contracts. In addition, the project has undertaken market engagement with private and public sector suppliers to understand what is required to deliver effective solutions for the provision of accommodation and support to asylum seekers.

The Home Office has considered lessons learnt from the existing contracts and Stakeholder feedback had considerable influence on the specifications in the contract, where the Home Office has adopted a host of improvements that were proposed by stakeholders. With these changes we aim to ensure that the new contracts build upon the groundwork for a constructive relationship between central government, local government, the private sector and civil society, to the benefit of communities and those seeking our protection.

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