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Immigrants: Information Services

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities she expects to have produced information packs for newcomers to the UK by the end of (a) 2008 and (b) 2009; what guidance her Department plans to provide to local authorities on the information to be included in such packs; and what steps her Department plans to take to encourage production of such packs. (187404)

Communities and Local Government has worked with the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) to produce a Migrant Information Pack template which was published on the IDeA website on 4 February. Local authorities have been encouraged to use this new resource however are not obliged to do so. At the same time we published, on the Communities website, a note which explains the purpose of the template and encourages local authorities to produce information packs.