Ministers to tout progress on ‘stopping the boats’ with plan to cut number of hotels housing asylum seekers

Contracts are set to be terminated with greater than 100 accommodations in order that they’re now not used to accommodate asylum seekers, will probably be introduced. 

The contracts will probably be resulted in areas thought of key election battlegrounds as the federal government seeks to focus on the purported progress of “stopping the boats”. 

The announcement, which will probably be given by immigration minister Robert Jenrick, is claimed to be enabled by the dashing up of asylum claims being processed and the decrease than anticipated numbers crossing the Channel. 

The prime minister had promised his authorities would clear the backlog of 92,000 asylum claims by the tip of this 12 months.


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On Sunday, Jenrick stated the backlog of asylum circumstances was “falling quickly”, decreasing the necessity for accommodations to accommodate them.

“Once I turned minister with the Residence Workplace, we have been making 400 asylum choices per week. We’re now making 4,500 asylum choices per week”, he stated.

The newest printed figures confirmed that 55,477 have been excellent by the tip of August. 

Nonetheless, The Instances reviews that the determine has fallen to under 40,000 and that Residence Workplace officers are assured of hitting the PM’s goal.

This 12 months 26,168 migrants have arrived in 552 small boats. It’s down 30 per cent from the 37,603 that crossed by this time final 12 months. 

In August, greater than 50,000 asylum seekers have been being housed in about 400 accommodations throughout Britain. It was coming at a price of £8 million per day.

The Telegraph reviews that ministers will announce new mass lodging websites to switch accommodations. 

Thus far, solely three have been introduced to date together with the Bibby Stockholm barge at Portland Dorset, and the ex-RAF bases at Wethersfield, Essex, and Scampton, Lincolnshire, that are designed to take 3,200 migrants

The shut of 100 so-called “migrant accommodations” is reported to be the primary in a string of bulletins by the federal government, to indicate ministers are making progress of the PM’s “Cease the boats” pledge, made in January of this 12 months. 

It comes as a date has been pencilled in for removing flights to take off to Rwanda, if the Residence Workplace’s flagship deportations scheme is dominated lawful by the Supreme Court docket. 

The work is being spearheaded by the Residence Workplace’s new “relocations and returns” unit.

Civil servants have been ordered to gear up for an inaugural constitution flight on Saturday, February 24, in line with a report within the Every day Mail. 

A choice from the Supreme Court docket is due by mid-December.

It was reported on the weekend that officers believed it was 60-40 towards victory within the judgement.

The £140 million Rwanda deal lays out a plan for the way asylum seekers will probably be transferred to the East African nation to say asylum there relatively than within the UK

If the Supreme Court docket blocks flights, it would enhance strain on the federal government to depart the European Conference on Human Rights. is the UK’s main digital-only political web site, offering complete protection of UK politics. Subscribe to our each day e-newsletter right here.