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Immigration: Local Authorities

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department further to the answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, column 96W, on immigration: local authorities, which local authorities have (a) expressed an interest in submitting claims and (b) submitted a claim to the transitional costs fund; what the value of claims submitted is; what the timetable for (i) submitting claims and (ii) receiving payment is; and what plans she has for a transitional costs fund for subsequent years. (203510)

We do not hold information centrally on those local authorities who have expressed an interest in submitting a claim.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply published on 26 March 2008, Official Report, column 276W.

Originally the timetable was for initial claims to be made by January 15 with payment by February, further claims to be made by 30 April with payment by May/June 2008 and remaining claims for 2007-08 were requested to be received by 30 June 2008. The 30 April deadline was extended to 23 May in order to give local authorities more time to complete their claim. Final claims for reimbursement during 2008-09 should be made by 31 March 2009.

In regard to future plans the UK Border Agency will be in touch with key local stakeholders including local authorities, via the regional links already in place to further discuss how we can best plan the conclusion of cases going forward in their local area.