A letter signed by 14 council leaders to Home Secretary Sajid Javid, seen by The Yorkshire Post, says there is a risk of “catastrophic failure” for the system which provides accommodation for those seeking refugee status.
Yorkshire council leaders threaten to pull out of asylum seeker housing scheme
Home Office ignored concerns over ‘disproportionate concentrations of asylum seekers’, they say
Councils leaders have threatened to pull out of a scheme to house asylum seekers unless their concerns over the current system are addressed.
In letter to the home secretary, Sajid Javid, the heads of 14 local authorities across Yorkshire warned that the current system was at risk of “catastrophic failure”. They said their concerns over “cohesion or disproportionate concentrations of asylum seekers” in some places had been ignored by the Home Office.
As of March this year, there were 5,258 asylum seekers in Yorkshire and the Humber, the majority of which were living in the region’s biggest cities, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford and Hull.