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Asylum: Housing

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average weekly cost of accommodating an asylum seeker on (a) section 4 and (b) section 95 support was in the last 12 months. (255868)

During 2007-08 the accommodation element of section 4 support was an average of £97 per person per week and the accommodation element of section 95 support was £96 per person per week.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional average unit cost per asylum seeker is paid to accommodation providers to administer the provision of vouchers for those eligible for section 4 support. (255871)

The cost for the administration and provision of vouchers is included within the unit cost paid to accommodation providers under the target contracts; it is not an additional cost.