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New asylum contracts for Yorkshire and Humber could herald improved approach

New asylum contracts for Yorkshire and Humber could herald improved approach

News item 09 January 2019:

Press release

Migration Yorkshire welcomes the announcement of the new asylum accommodation contract for Yorkshire and Humber. The ten-year contract has been awarded to Mears Group, having previously been delivered by G4S since 2012.

We are hopeful that the new contracts will raise standards of housing and support for many of the region’s most vulnerable people. There have been well documented difficulties with the current contract since inception, from an unsuccessful transition in 2012 through to a recent report showing that 71% of G4S housing is either ‘not fit for purpose’, ‘uninhabitable’, or ‘unsafe’ [see Notes to Editors for details].

In recent months, local authorities in Yorkshire and Humber have been working with the Home Office to ensure that the new contract will improve standards and forge closer working relationships with local authorities. In light of this, it is particularly welcome to note the Immigration Minister’s commitment to working ever more closely in partnership with local authorities.

Migration Yorkshire and local authorities across the region will be working with the Home Office, Mears Group and G4S to support the successful transition of contracts between the two providers in September 2019. This changeover will affect 5,000 people.

Dave Brown, Head of Migration Yorkshire says: “The announcement of a change of provider could represent a new approach to asylum housing in Yorkshire. It is an opportunity for people seeking refugee protection to receive better support, alongside a more coordinated, fairer system for local communities. Our priority for the next few months is to help all agencies work together to make the transition as smooth as possible for all the families and individuals involved.”


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Notes to editors

Migration Yorkshire spokespeople will be available for interview.

For further media enquiries or interview requests, contact:

Jen Boyle, Communications and Media Officer, Migration Yorkshire
Telephone  07891 271 303
Email  jen.boyle@migrationyorkshire.org.uk

 

1 About Migration Yorkshire

Migration Yorkshire is a local authority-led regional migration partnership that works with national government, local government, and others to ensure that Yorkshire and Humber can deal with, and benefit from, migration. www.migrationyorkshire.org.uk 

2 Statistic quoted from Independent Chief Inspector on Border and Immigration:‘An inspection of the Home Office’s management of asylum accommodation provision.’

Published 20 November 2018. www.gov.uk/government/publications/an-inspection-of-the-home-offices-management-of-asylum-accommodation-provision

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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