Birmingham: no homes for asylum seekers

Submitted by Matthew on 21 October, 2010 - 10:37 Author: Vicki Morris

Birmingham council has announced that it will no longer provide council housing to asylum seekers when a contract it holds with the UK Borders Agency (UKBA) ends in June 2011.

It says it will cooperate with UKBA to find a private sector supplier for those it would no longer house.

The BNP have attempted to exploit the announcement, claiming: “The decision by Birmingham City Council to stop giving council houses to ‘asylum seekers’ is an indication of precisely how anti-British its previous social housing policy was… British people have been put last...”

In fact currently only 190 homes are used by asylum seekers, a drop in the ocean in a city that has 30,000 people on the housing waiting list.

Birmingham City Council is run by a Conservative/Lib Dem coalition.

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