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Local Government Services: Asylum

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations his Department has received from local authorities on funding to meet costs of supporting asylum seekers in the last 12 months. (319286)

During the course of the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on the 2010-11 local government finance settlement two responses—form the London borough of Croydon and from the High Ethnicity Authorities Special Interest Group—raised the specific issue of pressures from asylum seekers without recourse to public funds who have exhausted the appeals process but have yet to be removed.