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Statement on asylum seekers being housed in North Herts hotel

Cllr Elizabeth Dennis, Leader of North Herts Council, said: “We are aware that the Home Office has started using a hotel within the area to house asylum seekers.

“We take the welfare and safety of all members of our communities very seriously. The hotel in question, which we will not be naming, was due to host celebrations such as weddings and proms over the coming months and for people to have these special events cancelled at very short notice is frankly, appalling.

“Not only is the isolated location unsuitable, we are concerned that placing vulnerable people here not only puts additional pressure on public services but could also place the people moved into the hotel at risk. Our county council is working with our partners to ensure that access is provided to the appropriate public services available.”

“All placements for people seeking asylum are made by the Home Office and they are best placed to explain their decisions. We will continue to raise concerns that we and our statutory partners have with the Home Office in order to help ensure the welfare of those seeking asylum and stress the need for better coordination if hotels or other forms of accommodation have to be used in a crisis. I have been working with our MPs and writing to the government and will continue to do so to seek reassurance that appropriate support is in place.”

We are aware that many people want to help and welcome these people to the area and are working with our community partners on donation options. Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for more information.

For further information, please contact the Home Office Press Office on 0300 123 3535.

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