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Some asylum seekers in housing 'to which they are not entitled'

Some asylum seekers who claimed to be without a penny were found with "indications of prosperity", when they were being housed in publicly-funded accommodation, according to a Government report.

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G4S and Serco 'struggled' to provide asylum housing

Two of the three private security firms chosen to head provide accommodation for around 23,000 asylum seekers "struggled" throughout a major project to make the process more efficient.

The National Audit Office report found:

  • G4S and Serco caused continued uncertainty for asylum seekers because they "struggled" to find and move them into suitable housing.
  • They took on housing stock without properly inspecting it and subsequently found that many of the properties were not up to the demands of the contracts.
  • Both of the firms failed to meet other contractual demands, such as sticking to a timetable for finding asylum seekers suitable housing and on other property conditions.

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