Asylum:Written question - 69301

Asked by Liz McInnes
(Heywood and Middleton)

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 27 March 2017
Home Office
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will ensure that all local authorities take in a fair share of asylum seekers.
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 30 March 2017

The Government is committed to ensuring a more equitable distribution of asylum seekers across the UK. However, one needs to consider that not all asylum seekers receive Home Office support or accommodation while their claim is considered. The Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 introduced the policy of national dispersal, designed to share the impact of supported asylum seekers across the whole of the UK. Since 2015, the Home Office has been working closely with local authorities across the UK to increase the number of areas that participate in the dispersal scheme; this activity has increased the number of dispersal areas by a third.

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