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Local Authorities: Asylum

Volume 475: debated on Friday 16 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the cost to local authorities arising from the Border and Immigration Agency’s Case Resolution Programme. (204186)

I have been asked to reply.

We have been working closely with local authorities to help mitigate impacts, including via a transitional costs fund. The financial support available will depend on the claims made by local authorities. Funding will be available for some items of expenditure incurred by local authorities on an agreed cohort of supported families cases processed by the agency. We cannot therefore accurately estimate the level of funding required.