To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of dispersal asylum properties that are required to end the use of hotels as asylum accommodation; and what the timeframe is for contractors to acquire those properties.
15 April 2021
We currently have c8100 people in hotels, although the exact number will change daily.
Our providers are working to procure sufficient accommodation to exit contingency accommodation and maintain a business as usual operation thereafter.
We require providers to work at pace, but at the same time have directed them to procure accommodation which is safe and secure for asylum seekers and the communities in which they live. This is the principle we continue to follow, so where there is substantive and reliable evidence which raise doubts in such regard, we will work with local authorities, Police and providers to resolve them.
We remain committed to working in partnership with Local Authorities, through the use the Strategic Migration Partnerships to ensure the views of Local Authorities are included when forward planning