Asylum: Housing

Home Office written question – answered am ar 21 Ionawr 2019.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Photo of Fiona Onasanya Fiona Onasanya Annibynnol, Peterborough

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what are the minimum standards of (a) physical accommodation and (b) assistance G4S are required to provide to asylum seekers under the terms of their contract with the Home Office.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

All accommodation providers are required to provide safe, habitable, fit for purpose and correctly equipped accommodation that complies with the Decent Homes Standard in addition to standards outlined in relevant national or local housing legislation. Where providers are found not to meet these standards, appropriate action is taken to hold providers to account and resolve concerns.

Accommodation providers are also contractually required to take account of any particular circumstances and vulnerability of those that they transport and accommodate. The definition of vulnerability in the contracts is the same as the one set out in the 2005 Regulations.

The particular circumstances of other supported asylum seekers and their dependants who may have other particular vulnerabilities are also carefully considered, for example because they have care needs or health problems that require a need for a specific type of accommodation or accommodation in a particular location.

Further details regarding these policies can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/asylum-accommodation-requests-policy

https://horizon.fcos.gsi.gov.uk/file-wrapper/asylum-seekers-care-needs

https://horizon.fcos.gsi.gov.uk/file-wrapper/healthcare-needs-and-pregnancy-dispersal-guidance

The statement of Requirements for the services delivered by the accommoda-tion providers can be found at;

https://data.gov.uk/data/contracts-finder-archive/contract/503107/

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