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Asylum: Finance

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations have been received by (a) his Department and (b) the UK Border Agency from local authorities on funding in respect of asylum seekers. (319731)

We have regular meetings and correspondence with local authorities and the Local Government Association about the funding of support arrangements for unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC), former UASC and other asylum seekers or failed asylum seekers supported by local authorities.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding the UK Border Agency allocated to each local authority in respect of asylum seekers in 2008-09. (319732)

UK Border Agency funds local authorities for caring for unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) or, in certain circumstances, the same children once they reach 18 years of age. The funding paid to local authorities in respect of UASC and former UASC in 2008-09 is set out as follows:

£

UASC Grant

136,349,113

Leaving Care

14,470,259

The full terms of this year’s grant and the eligibility criteria can be found at:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/aboutus/workingwithasylumseekers/localauthoritygrants/