Refugees: Homelessness

Home Office written question – answered on 19th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Shipley Lord Shipley Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent homelessness amongst newly recognised refugees after the 28 day move-on period.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

The Government have implemented a number of initiatives to ensure that refugees are able to access benefits and housing promptly once any support they been provided by the Home Office ends 28 days after the grant of their status.

Refugees are eligible to receive assistance with housing from their local authority, in the same way as British Citizens or other permanent residents of the UK, and are treated as a priority need if they have children or are considered vulnerable. Asylum accommodation providers are under a contractual duty to refer these cases to the appropriate local authority.

We are also working with MHCLG to pilot “Local Authority Asylum Liaison Officers” (LAASLOs), who role is to provide assistance to people leaving asylum support, in particular with access to housing.

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