Taxpayers funding beds that lie empty

Just over 7,500 beds in properties reserved for asylum seekers
are empty at the taxpayer’s expense, according to the latest

Regeneration minister Lord Rooker told the House of Lords that
the National Asylum Support Service (Nass) had been paying for “too
many empty properties”.

Last June the Home Office admitted there was a problem. At that
time there were reported to be 25,000 empty homes costing more than
£100m a year.

Of the 22 contracts Nass has with housing providers, 14 are due
to expire between March and November and the rest will end in

The properties are empty due to a large decline in the number of
people applying for asylum.

Manchester Council is the only housing provider to have
approached the Home Office about using some of the empty properties
for a different client group – mostly homeless people. It would no
longer receive money from Nass for properties used for different

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