Asylum: Housing

Home Office written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has a target for the number of local authorities participating in the asylum dispersal programme; and what contingency plans are in place should that number be insufficient.

Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information he holds on the reasons why some local authorities have not signed up to the asylum dispersal programme; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The Home Office is working closely with a wide range of local authorities to increase the number of areas across the UK that agree to accommodate and support people seeking protection.

We take a coordinated approach to the delivery of the various resettlement and asylum schemes and engage through the Regional Strategic Migration Partnerships to consider the impact on communities and local services so that adjustments can be made where appropriate. Participation in asylum dispersal is subject to discussion and agreement with individual local authorities and there is no target level of participation - every local authority is encouraged to contribute.

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