Decision details

Full Asylum Dispersal Model

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

KEY DECISION       

 

That the Executive:

 

a.    Noted the government’s adoption of the Full Asylum Dispersal Strategy and the rationale for it.

 

b.    Noted the East Midlands model and approach for delivering the strategy in the region.

 

c.    Noted the role of North Northamptonshire Council in delivering the strategy in the Council area; and the approach Council Officers are taking to work with SERCO, the contract holder for Asylum Accommodation and Support Services across the North West, Midlands and East of England regions, on contingency accommodation (hotels) and property acquisitions (leases) in the private rented sector.

 

d.    Delegated authority to the Executive Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing, in consultation with the Executive Director for Adults, Communities and Wellbeing, to take any further decisions and/or actions required, including use of the funding, to support the dispersal and settlement, temporary or otherwise, of asylum seekers in North Northamptonshire. 

 

 

Reasons for Recommendation: To ensure that the Council fulfils its obligations under the national Full Asylum Dispersal Strategy and works with SERCO and other partners to effectively support asylum seekers to integrate into local communities.

 

Alternative Options considered: There is no alternative as this is a national policy, although the Council has worked closely with the Regional Migration Partnership in developing the model for the region. If the Council did not fully engage with SERCO over the selection of contingency hotels and dispersal properties then there is a risk, as the decisions will stand regardless, of negative impacts on community cohesion, local service provision and successful integration of asylum seekers into local communities.

 

Publication date: 27/09/2022

Date of decision: 15/09/2022

Decided at meeting: 15/09/2022 - Executive

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