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Submission to the Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into Home Office Preparedness for Covid19 - Institutional Asylum Accommodation

Jennifer Blair

This submission addresses the issue specifically of “institutional (asylum) accommodation”, focusing primarily on the experiences of our clients in initial / emergency Home Office accommodation, but also on those already living in dispersal accommodation. Our clients are housed across the Greater London area.

This submission covers five key areas: 

  1. Problems in initial accommodation and hotels
  2. Instances of room sharing
  3. Problems experienced in accommodation where social distancing is difficult/impossible
  4. difficulties in accessing food, cleaning products and phone data
  5. Where people are accessing help and support from 

We give recommendations for improving provision of asylum support and accommodation. 

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