Updated Statement: Home Office
The Home Office has notified Rugby Borough Council that from today (29 July) asylum seekers are to be housed in Rugby while their status as refugees is assessed.
We were not consulted on this decision.
We ask the Home Office to decide these applications for refugee status quickly and fairly. In the meantime the Home Office must ensure that they provide adequate support to these individuals to allow them to integrate and adjust to life in their new communities. The Home Office must take responsibility for their welfare, and the welfare of any communities that are affected by this decision.
UPDATED 30 July 2021:
A spokesman for Rugby Borough Council confirmed that the council was unhappy that the decision had been made by the Home Office without the benefit of local knowledge and experience.
The spokesman added: “It is in everyone’s interests that anyone placed in our borough, whatever their background, is given appropriate accommodation and support that meets their individual needs.
“We are working with the Home Office and their contractors, Serco, along with other partners to try to address the concerns we have at some of the arrangements that have been made.”