Officials from the Home Office have said that it is having to use the Best Western Yew Lodge Hotel in Kegworth to house migrants because of the record number of small boat arrivals.
In a letter to Andrew Bridgen, the independent MP for North West Leicestershire, the Home Office have said that the use of hotels is “only a temporary measure” and that the situation is “frustrating”. It also added that eligible asylum seekers are “ordinarily placed in housing accommodation” but the “unprecedented number of small boat arrivals” have forced it to consider alternative accommodation options.
It was announced last month that the Yew Lodge Hotel in Kegworth will be closed to the public and will be used to house asylum seekers by the Home Office. Two protests have already taken placeoutside the hotel by angry residents in response to the news.
Mr Bridgen has previously said that he “protested strongly” against the plans and contacted the Home Office to cite reasons why the venue was not suitable. The MP posted the response from immigration minister, Robert Jenrick MP, on his Twitter account.
It said: “The current situation is unfair and it is manifestly wrong that taxpayers are paying to accommodate asylum seekers in expensive hotels. Placing asylum seekers in hotels is burdensome on local communities, expensive for the taxpayer and does not meet the needs of asylum seekers as we would like.
“The enduring solution to this challenge is to stop the illegal, dangerous, and unnecessary small boats crossings that are overwhelming our asylum system.”
Home Secretary Suella Braverman proposed a new law yesterday in the House of Commons that seeks to “tackle illegal immigration”. Known as the ‘illegal immigration bill’ it will see those caught arriving on a small boat prevented from claiming asylum in the UK, and possibly banned from returning once removed.
The Refugee Council charity in the UK said the proposed bill would “shatter the UK’s long-standing commitment under the UN Convention to give people a fair hearing regardless of the path they have taken to reach our shores”.
The letter added: “People in communities up and down the country want to see their hotels going back to their normal use, and the Prime Minister, the home secretary and I will work tirelessly to see that happen.”
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