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Asylum: North of England

Question for Home Office

UIN HL5945, tabled on 28 February 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many bedrooms in accommodation allocated to asylum seekers in (1) the North East of England, and (2) Yorkshire, under Home Office COMPASS contracts, are shared by two or more unrelated individuals; and what proportion of the total number of bedrooms available in those areas that figure represents.

Answered on

12 March 2018

Asylum accommodation Providers are contractually required to take account of any particular circumstances and vulnerability of those that they accommodate to ensure that destitute asylum seekers are housed safely and securely. Such an assessment is made on a case-by-case basis depending on the specific needs of that individual. There are strict criteria set out in the contract around when room sharing can take place and who can share a room. Providers must also comply with local regulations including advice from social services and primary and secondary care bodies on whether room sharing is inappropriate.

The use of individual properties across provider’s portfolios changes daily subject to demand. Information on the current number of bedrooms shared between unrelated individuals could only be provided at disproportionate cost by examination of individual provider property records.

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Home Office