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Asylum: Glasgow

Question for Home Office

UIN 45286, tabled on 11 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of asylum seekers in accommodation in hotels in Glasgow are supported under (a) Section 98 and (b) Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 and of those supported under Section 4 how many were granted that support due to the covid-19 lockdown.

Answered on

29 May 2020

Hotel usage is permitted under the Asylum Accommodation and Support Contracts as contingency accommodation. There are currently 350 Service Users being accommodated in hotels in Glasgow.

Of these 299 are being housed under s98, 37 under s4 and 14 being housed under s95. We do not hold data on those being accommodated specifically as a result of the COVID 19 lockdown (the data provided is internal locally held and is subject to change).

It is Home Office policy to move people into suitable Dispersed Accommodation (DA) once their claim for support has been assessed. Mears and the Home Office work closely with Glasgow City Council on procurement of properties and it is our intention, once restrictions on movement are lifted, to move all individuals in contingency accommodation into suitable DA.

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