To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24 September 2020 to Question 89697 on Asylum: Newcastle Upon Tyne, how many of the people resettled in Newcastle Upon Tyne in (a) 2016, (b) 2017, (c) 2018, (d) 2019 and (e) 2020 were accommodated in hotels.
5 October 2020
The number of asylum seekers accommodated in each local authority can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/asylum-and-resettlement-datasets#asylum-support
This includes the number of those in temporary accommodation.
Data is published on a quarterly basis from 31st March 2014 with the latest information covering until 31st June 2020. The next quarterly figures are due to be released in November 2020
It is Home Office policy to move people into suitable Dispersed Accommodation (DA) once their claim for support has been assessed.
The current global pandemic has presented significant challenges when it comes to the provision of asylum accommodation. This has included the need to source sufficient accommodation to meet demand.
A comprehensive cessation plan has been established with input from Local Authorities, Other Government Departments and Stakeholders to reduce the number of people in hotels.
Work to explore further options to accommodate asylum seekers has included work with the Ministry of Defence to identify and to utilise MOD sites at short notice.
This accommodation is contingency accommodation, whilst pressures in the system are addressed and will be discontinued as soon as the Home Office is able to do so.
Our accommodation providers are working to maximise their procurement plans throughout the UK, but they can only do so with Local Authority agreement. It is our intention to move all individuals in contingency accommodation into suitable DA as soon as reasonably practical.