Asylum: Housing:Written question - 181327

Asked by Tulip Siddiq
(Hampstead and Kilburn)
Asked on: 18 October 2018
Home Office
Asylum: Housing
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to (a) ensure that the new asylum seeker accommodation contracts will deliver accommodation of a good standard and (b) support people to make a successful transition from asylum-seeking to refugee status.
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 26 October 2018

The new arrangements for asylum accommodation and support contracts have been designed to improve the overall service by providing a more accessible and easy to navigate system which ensures the safety, security and welfare of service users and their host communities.

Accommodation Providers will continue to be required to provide safe, habitable, fit for purpose and correctly equipped accommodation that complies with the Decent Homes Standard in addition to standards outlined in relevant national or lo-cal housing legislation.

Providers will also have a contractual duty to notify the local authority of the potential need to provide housing where a person in that accommodation is granted refugee status, including any other information about the refugee’s needs that the Local Authority will need to help them provide accommodation before their support ceases.

These services will be delivered alongside other existing cross government initiatives to improve the transfer of information with Local Authorities including the Post Grant Appointments Service and the Local Authority Asylum Support Liaison Offices (LAASLO) pilot that aim to secure better outcomes for refugees within their move on period.

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