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Asylum seekers moved from RAF Wethersfield due to incomplete safety checks


The Home Office has moved 70 people away from an asylum accommodation site after it failed to complete necessary safety checks on time.

EXCLUSIVE: Demand surges for UASC age assessments


Councils are struggling to cope with demand for age assessments of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) as record numbers arrive once again in Kent.

Aslyum centre site could host prison


Braintree DC has warned it faces intervention from a second Government department when the Home Office ends its use of a former airfield as an asylum centre.

Hopes for regen scheme revived after Home Office scales back asylum plan


A £300m council-led regeneration scheme threatened when Whitehall commandeered the site for asylum accommodation could now go ahead.

Craig's call for asylum change


Manchester City Council’s leader has urged Whitehall to implement ‘simple changes’ to asylum policy to ease huge pressures on major urban centres.

Home Office 'chaos' leaves thousands of illegal arrivals in 'perma-backlog'


The Government’s struggling asylum policy has heaped significant demand on cities’ housing services, experts have warned.

New legal bid as long-term asylum site plans confirmed


West Lindsey DC has launched a fresh legal challenge after the Home Office confirmed its intention to use RAF Scampton to house asylum seekers.

Council slams ‘lack of transparency’ over RAF Wethersfield extension


Braintree District Council has criticised the Home Office after its plans emerged to extend the use of a former airfield for asylum accommodation by three years.

Council confirms asylum centre appeal


West Lindsey DC is to appeal against the dismissal of its judicial review over the Home Office’s asylum centre plans.

Barge death concerns


Concerns over conditions inside some asylum accommodation intensified last week, after the death of an asylum seeker onboard the Bibby Stockholm barge.

Boroughs have ‘nothing to offer’ as refugee homelessness rises


New research has found that an increasing number of refugees are rough sleeping in London after leaving Home Office accommodation.

Damning reality of asylum


A shocking public health report by Hounslow LBC exposes bleak conditions as councils urge Home Office and contractors to improve.

Home Office admits 'more we can and need to do'


More needs to be done to share data and improve communications with councils, Home Office mandarins have admitted.

Home Secretary acted ‘irrationally’ over National Transfer Scheme


The Home Secretary’s powers have been exercised ‘irrationally’ when it comes to the decision-making process in relation to the National Transfer Scheme (NTS), the High Court has ruled.

Thousands of refugees face homelessness at Christmas, LGA warns


The Government’s push to clear the asylum backlog is putting ‘tens of thousands’ of refugees at risk of homelessness over Christmas, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

EXCLUSIVE: Asylum seeker dispersal only reaches 60% mark


The Home Office’s Full Dispersal policy of placing asylum seekers across all UK regions has delivered just 60% of Whitehall’s target.

Councillors urge Government to respect Rwanda ruling


Nearly 130 councillors have urged the Government to respect the Supreme Court’s ruling on its controversial plans to send people seeking asylum to Rwanda.

Councils brace as Supreme Court outlaws Rwanda asylum plan


The Supreme Court has ruled the UK’s controversial proposal to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda is unlawful – a decision likely to impact local government.

Housing minister among casualties of Sunak reshuffle


The UK will have its 16th housing minister in 12 years after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s sweeping reshuffle affected the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

‘Tragic and shameful’ rough sleeping increase in London


City Hall had told the Government it must act to avoid ‘spiralling’ homelessness this winter after new data showed rising rough sleeping across the capital.

Temporary accommodation costs mount to £1.74bn


English councils spent £1.74bn on temporary accommodation last year, research has found as more than 100 local authorities signed up to an ‘emergency’ housing summit.

Home Office 'failing to engage' councils


The Home Office is ‘failing to engage meaningfully with local authorities’ on asylum, according to a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report published today.

Homelessness fears over asylum fast-tracking


The largest city councils in England and Scotland fear that Government plans to speed up asylum decisions will result in thousands of people facing homelessness.

LGA: involve councils in asylum hotel decisions


Councils want an active role in decisions about ending hotel use for asylum seekers, local government bosses have said.

EXCLUSIVE: Home Office accused of misleading council over asylum plans


The Home Office faces accusations in the High Court it misled a council over controversial plans for an asylum centre at a former military base.

Council bosses raise concerns over refugee cap


The Local Government Association (LGA) has raised concerns about plans to introduce a national cap on refugees that is informed by consultation with local authorities.

Asylum seekers to be returned to Bibby Stockholm


Asylum seekers are being notified that they will be sent back to a migrant barge, which was closed after legionella bacteria was detected.

‘For-profit’ asylum housing system must end, charity says


Responsibility for asylum accommodation must be returned to local authorities from private companies, the charity Refugee Action has said.

Home Office ditches Stradey Park asylum plans


The Home Office has withdrawn its controversial plans to house asylum seekers at the Stradey Park Hotel in Furnace, Llanelli.

EXCLUSIVE: Council warning over asylum communication


‘Limited’ Home Office communication over asylum – including poor data sharing - continues to stymie efforts to resolve accommodation problems, councils warn.

Further stop notice at RAF Scampton


West Lindsey District Council has again told the Home Office to cease work at RAF Scampton.

Cash injection for Kent as councils drag feet on National Transfer Scheme


Government has given Kent £10m for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children amid concerns other councils have been slow to support the National Transfer Scheme.

Council halts Home Office work on RAF Scampton


West Lindsey District Council has ordered the Home Office to stop work to convert a former military base into accommodation for asylum seekers.

Pressure mounts on councils amid refugee homelessness warning


Refugees are being told to move out of asylum support housing at short notice, adding to pressure faced by council homelessness services, 140 groups warn.

Kent ‘once again’ cannot meet UAS children duties


‘Ever-escalating’ arrivals of asylum seekers and a ‘wholly inadequate’ National Transfer Scheme (NTS) have left Kent unable to meet its statutory duties in caring for children, the county council has warned.

EXCLUSIVE: Questions over child age assessments


Council directors have raised doubts over Government plans to take over age assessments of unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

Asylum ‘perma-backlog’ to impact councils


Reforms to the UK’s asylum system are likely to pile more pressure on councils struggling to support unaccompanied children, a new report has found.

Approach to accommodating Afghan families ‘unacceptable’


The approach to finding accommodation for Afghan families has been ‘unacceptable’ and represents a failure to ‘live up to Britain's values’, says think tank.

Local mayor plans Bibby Stockholm legal challenge


The Mayor of Portland is planning on launching a legal challenge against the Home Office over the use of the Bibby Stockholm barge to house asylum seekers.

Glasgow refuses permission for asylum barge


The leader of Glasgow City Council has told the Government that the local authority would not give its consent to dock a barge for asylum seekers in the city.

LGA: Councils already seeing homeless Afghan families


Councils are already seeing Afghan families presenting as homeless due to the Government’s policy of moving them out of hotels, local authority leaders say.

Firefighters warn Braverman over asylum barge safety


The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has written to Suella Braverman about fire safety concerns in accommodation for asylum seekers, including the Bibby Stockholm.

‘Systematic’ housing of child refugees in hotels unlawful


Kent County Council has acted unlawfully by failing to accommodate and look after all unaccompanied children seeking asylum, the High Court has ruled.

First asylum barge arrives


A controversial barge for 500 asylum seekers today arrived at its mooring off the Dorset coast.

Dismay at 'top-down diktat' approach to asylum


Councils and MPs this week expressed dismay at the Home Office’s ‘top-down diktat’ plan to double asylum seeker numbers at many hotels.

Council loses legal bid over asylum hotel plans


Carmarthenshire CC has been unsuccessful in its application for an interim injunction to prevent asylum seekers being housed at a hotel in Llanelli.

Council launches legal action over hotel due to house asylum seekers


Carmarthenshire County Council (CCC) is taking legal action over plans to use a hotel in Llanelli to house asylum seekers.

Kent launches legal action over asylum-seeking children


Kent has issued a claim for judicial review against the home secretary, asking her to direct other councils to receive 'fair share’ of refugee children.

'Not acceptable' to treat age disputed young people as spontaneous arrivals


It is ‘not acceptable’ that age disputed young people from asylum hotels are treated as spontaneous arrivals, says head of directors of children’s services.

Afghan families face homelessness as councils at ‘crisis point’


Afghan families are at risk of becoming homeless due to the acute housing shortage, council chiefs warn at the start of the LGA's annual conference.

Planning inspector green lights Stafford asylum centre


A Government planning inspector has overruled the local planning authority and given the go-ahead for an asylum seekers centre in Stafford.

Council loses asylum appeal


Braintree DC has lost its appeal against Government plans to house asylum seekers on a former airfield.

Manchester leaders call for urgent action on asylum seeker hotels


Manchester leaders call for urgent action on asylum seeker hotels

Asylum issues damaging Home Office relations with councils


The Home Office is ‘failing to work effectively with local authorities’ in clearing its asylum backlog, the National Audit Office (NAO) has concluded.

Plan to house asylum seekers on ship scrapped


The latest plan for a cruise ship to house asylum seekers has been scrapped after it was turned down by the port operator.

Council chiefs call for ‘urgent solutions’ to refugee homelessness


Local authority leaders have called for ‘urgent solutions’ to the issue of refugees being forced to present as homeless.

Aslyum barges plan branded ‘cruel and unworkable’


A council leader has attacked plans to house asylum seekers on barges in ports.

Housing experts voice ‘concern’ over HMO licensing changes


Housing and refugee rights experts have voiced ‘extreme concern’ over plans to remove licensing requirements for HMOs used as asylum accommodation.

Braintree DC plans to appeal court’s airfield decision


Braintree District Council is to continue with legal action to try and stop an airfield being used to house hundreds of asylum seekers.

Welsh village opposes plans to house refugees in hotel


Villagers in Wales have vowed to fight plans for 400 asylum seekers to be lodged in a former hotel.

Council has ‘unanswered questions’ about refugee barge


Dorset Council and police have criticised the Home Office for not answering key questions about plans to house asylum seekers on a barge in Portland Port.

Hundreds of refugees wrongly classified as adults, FoI reveals


Hundreds of young refugees are being wrongly classified as adults by the Home Office, according to new research based on information provided by councils.

Refugees housed in hotels face ‘atmosphere of cruelty’, report says


Campaigners have called on the Government to allocate councils with more funds to help them provide better services to asylum seekers housed in London hotels.

Councils concerned over Afghan removal plan


Councils have expressed deep concerns about Government plans to remove Afghan refugees from hotel accommodation amid ‘chronic’ shortage of affordable housing.

Plan to house refugees on former RAF base on hold


The Government’s plan to house asylum seekers on a former RAF airbase has been put on hold after Braintree council sought an injunction to stop the move.

Portland mayor criticises refugee barge plan


Portland mayor Pete Roper has criticised the Government’s plan to house refugees on a barge off the Dorset coast because of the pressure on local services.

Plan to house refugees on a barge criticised


The Government is facing fierce opposition to plans to use a barge off the Dorset coast to house asylum seekers.

Councils criticise plans to house refugees on RAF bases


Unused military sites will be used to house asylum seekers who enter the UK illegally on small boats despite local opposition, the Government has confirmed.

Gary Lineker twitter row ‘fuss about nothing’, says mayor


Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen calls for Gary Lineker to be reinstated on Match of the Day and tells everyone to ‘grow up’.

Change policy on housing asylum seekers in hotels, council chiefs say


Two-thirds of London’s councils have called on the home secretary to change the Government’s policy on housing asylum seekers in hotels.

Plans to house asylum seekers in a Pontins park abandoned


The Government has decided not to continue with its plans to house asylum seekers in a Pontins Holiday Park on Merseyside, according to the local council.

Council calls for review into missing children


Brighton & Hove City Council has called for a safeguarding review after dozens of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children went missing from a hotel in the city.

Councillors call for end to outsourcing asylum accommodation


Local councillors from across the UK have called on the Government to stop outsourcing asylum accommodation to for-profit companies.

Councils flooded with ‘bogus’ refugee sponsorship offers


Local authorities in London are struggling to cope with the amount of bogus Ukraine refugee sponsorship offers they receive, a migrants’ charity has warned.

East Lindsey due for court battle


East Lindsey DC is threatening to become the latest council to take legal action over the use of hotels to accommodate asylum seekers.

Two more councils seek injunctions over use of hotels to house asylum seekers


Two more councils have taken legal action to stop local hotels from being used to house asylum seekers.

Council writs fly over asylum crisis


Growing numbers of councils are securing injunctions preventing the use of hotels to house asylum seekers as ministers struggle to deal with an increasing backlog.

222 children ‘missing’ from care


An estimated 222 unaccompanied children are currently missing from the care of the Home Office, new figures have revealed.

Council to pay £1000 to those hosting Ukrainian guests


Kent CC has announced it is increasing payments to those hosting Ukrainian guests to ensure that they can continue to host with the squeeze on budgets.

Linton-on-Ouse asylum centre plans dropped


Hambleton District Council has welcomed confirmation that plans for a new asylum reception centre will be scrapped.

Council obtains injunction to stop hotel housing asylum seekers


Great Yarmouth Borough Council has obtained an injunction to stop a second hotel from being used as a hostel for asylum seekers.

Council threatens action against hotel with asylum seekers


Great Yarmouth Borough Council is taking enforcement action after the Home Office placed asylum seekers in a local hotel.

Councils offered £6,000 to house asylum-seeking children


Councils offered thousands of pounds in an effort to transfer unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) from temporary hotels to long-term care.

Plan for asylum centre on ex-RAF base scrapped


Hambleton District Council has cautiously welcomed the Government’s decision to scrap a planned asylum reception centre.

Council to refurbish tower blocks to provide homes for Ukrainian refugees


Tower blocks that had been earmarked for demolition are being reinstated by North Lanarkshire County Council to provide accommodation for people fleeing Ukraine.

Ofsted rates Kent children’s services ‘outstanding’


Kent children’s services rated ‘outstanding’ with inspectors recognising the council cares for ‘unparalleled numbers’ of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

UK to take in Ukrainian child refugees


The UK is to take in unaccompanied child refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine with hundreds already on their way to the UK.

Free bus travel for Ukrainian refugees in Wales


Refugees fleeing from Ukraine will receive free travel on local bus services, under plans announced by the Welsh Government.

Council to take legal action against asylum centre


Hambleton District Council is taken legal action against government plans to create a centre for asylum seekers at Linton-on-Ouse.

Hundreds of councillors reject Rwanda asylum plans


Local councillors across the country have come together to reject government plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda.

All regions told to take asylum seekers


All regions of England, Scotland and Wales will be expected to take a share of asylum seekers under a new system of ‘full dispersal,’ the Government has told councils.

Councils need more guidance on supporting Ukrainian refugees, says MP


Councils needs more advice and guidance from the Government in order to make the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme work, the chair of the Levelling-Up Committee has warned.

Honouring the Ukrainian spirit


The events in Ukraine have provided a timely reminder of how important our democracy is and how much we can lose. And, as Dr Jonathan Carr-West explains, councils have a vital role to play both immediately and further beyond back on home territory.

Councils to be given chance to sponsor displaced Ukrainians


Local authorities will be able to become a sponsor to help displaced Ukrainians come over to the UK.

Home Office directs 29 local authorities to help unaccompanied asylum seeking children


The Home Office has written to 29 local authorities directing them to help unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

Transfer scheme for asylum children made mandatory


Councils will have to take in asylum-seeking children as the national transfer scheme is made mandatory.

Report criticises 'destitution by design' policy


A new report has called for a step-change in the way asylum seekers are supported in Scotland.

Councils to receive 'generous' funding under Afghan resettlement plan


Local authorities will receive £20,520 for every person they support under the Afghan resettlement plan, the Government has confirmed.

Kent County Council resumes admittance of lone child migrants


Kent CC announces that it will resume admitting unaccompanied asylum-seeking children into its reception centres after it stopped earlier in the year.

Blackpool Council threatens action over plans to house hundreds of asylum seekers in hotel


Blackpool Council has warned planning permission will be required to use Metropole Hotel to house hundreds of asylum seekers.

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