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Article from BTNews 1 FEBRUARY 2021

Do you own an hotel?

The chief inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) is inviting anyone with knowledge and experience of the Home Office’s use of hotels and barracks as contingency asylum accommodation to comment and make a submission.

The offer remains open until 19 February.

For the 2012 Olympics Fred Olsen Cruise Lines provided overflow rooms in ships tied up near London City Airport, Royal Albert Docks.

The official government statement says the inspection will examine the use made of hotels and other forms of contingency asylum accommodation, including Penally Camp in Temby, Wales, and Napier Barracks near Folkstone, Kent, since the beginning of 2020. It will focus on the roles and responsibilities of the Home Office and the accommodation service providers, and of other parties, in relation to the use of the facilities.

According to the Office of National Statistics there are nearly 40,000 hotels and similar establishment offering 650,000 bedrooms.  Virtually all UK airports have accommodation nearby, although some is always taken by crew and other personal night stopping.


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