Refugee council briefing for westminster hall debate on home affairs select committee report on asylum accommodation

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Refugee Council
Refugee Council
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14 December 2017
Social Policy, Minority Groups, Families, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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The Home Affairs Select Committee’s January 2017 report on Asylum Accommodation raised a number of well-founded concerns with the current system.

In addition to concerns about the standard of accommodation and treatment of people seeking asylum the report also highlighted the difficulties individuals face in moving on from asylum support after being granted refugee status.

The Refugee Council recommends that the Government:

  • Introduce better independent oversight of new asylum accommodation contracts.
  • Publish the results of its pilot project supporting refugees to transition from asylum support to mainstream welfare support.
  • Make changes to policy to ensure that refugees do not lose asylum support until they have another source of income.
  • Release further information about local authorities’ role in designing the next generation of asylum accommodation contracts.


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