Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


05 OCT 2018

Asylum Accommodation

Thank you for taking the time to email me about accommodation for asylum seekers.

I understand your concern on this matter and I hope the following information on this topic from the Home Office is reassuring:

Only asylum seekers in the UK who are destitute are provided with free accommodation. The type of accommodation varies, and could be a flat, a house, hostel, or bed and breakfast. The location of the accommodation also varies, and asylum seekers are unable to choose where they live.
The Government has made clear to its contractual providers that the use of hotels is only ever acceptable as a short term measure. Nor does the Government decide which hotels providers use, but it is important to note that asylum seeker accommodation must comply with strict contractual standards relating to safety and habitability.

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