A former travel agent who won government contracts to house migrants in hotels during the UK’s migrant crisis is now making millions from the taxpayer – and enjoying a luxury globetrotting lifestyle, MailOnline can reveal.
Debbie Hoban, boss of Leeds-based Calder Conferences, was paid £2.19m last year alone, up nearly tenfold from just £230,000 in 2021, and is now one of the most prominent private firm bosses making huge sums of money out of the UK’s crippling asylum seeker crisis.
She now lives in this magnificent £3m country farmhouse and enjoys a string of exotic trips to events like the Abu Dhabi grand prix after her company landed a government asylum seeker contract.
And the main reason for the tripling in profits to more than £6m last year for Calder Conferences has been the lucrative Home Office contracts awarded to it and other companies – now costing the taxpayer £6m a day.
Calder is among a host of firms now being paid to house small-boat arrivals and other asylum seekers in almost 400 hotels around Britain.
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