SEP 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Asylum Seekers: The Facts
arrival of 700 more asylum seekers in Coventry will not affect
council house waiting lists or cost the city any money.
the new arrivals come it will bring the number of asylum seekers
in Coventry to about 2,700.
nearly 2,000 people currently in the city, Coventry City Council
has direct responsibility for 137, while another 157 come under
the control of a national scheme.
come under the control of Warwickshire County Council or local
authorities in London and the South East.
asylum-seekers are moved to Coventry from areas that cannot cope
with putting any more people up.
Phil Townshend, cabinet member in charge of asylum seekers, said
that there would not be any impact on council waiting lists.
said there were 1,600 empty properties in areas where it was
difficult to find tenants.
the waiting list has about 10,500 people on it, with several
thousands more wanting a transfer, people were reluctant to take
houses in certain areas on, and the asylum seekers were being
new rules introduced this year, asylum-seekers get 70 per cent of
income support, and most of that comes in vouchers. They also get
their accommodation paid for.
get £500 per pupil taken on in a grant from the DfEE, and the
council gets the money for looking after the asylum seekers from
Townshend said the council was having to pay £210,000 in the
short-term, but this money would be claimed back in time.
the summer months, about 200 people were arriving in Coventry each
Rob Windsor (Socialist, St Michaelís) said one of the
difficulties faced was that the asylum-seekers under the
responsibility of other local authorities were not always cared
found it difficult to get access to support and advice, as well as
health services and education.
of the things Iíve asked to be done is to build up a database
of all the asylum seekers.
we donít know they are here how can we be sure that they are