Asylum: Hotels

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd September 2020.

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Photo of Stuart McDonald Stuart McDonald Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Immigration, Asylum and Border Control), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Attorney General)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's policy is on support and standard operating procedures in relation to its hotel accommodation; and whether those procedures are published.

Photo of Stuart McDonald Stuart McDonald Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Immigration, Asylum and Border Control), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Attorney General)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason it is her policy to exclude financial support to asylum residents in full board hotels.

Photo of Stuart McDonald Stuart McDonald Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Immigration, Asylum and Border Control), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Attorney General)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department pays its three accommodation contractors directly for meeting its definition of essential living needs in relation to hotel residents in full board asylum accommodation.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Asylum seekers who are accommodated in “dispersal” accommodation (generally flats and houses) receive £39.60 per week to cover their other essential living needs. Asylum seekers accommodated in hotels and other full-board facilities do not receive this payment because their essential living needs are provided for in kind, or a mixture of in kind support and some cash.

The detail of the support arrangements for those supported in full-board accommodation are set out in the contracts with the accommodation providers; specifically the “Statement of Requirements”, which can be found at:

http://data.parliament.uk/DepositedPapers/Files/DEP2018-1112/AASC_-_Schedule_2_-_Statement_of_Requirements

The accommodation providers receive payments for providing services consistent with those requirements.

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