Gulf in cell charges revealed by study

    The immigration service has been paying the police three times
    as much as the prison service to hold people in their cells.

    A government study reveals that the immigration service has been
    paying police an average of £360 for each 24-hour period for
    holding asylum seekers, compared with the flat £110 rate paid
    by the prison service.

    The immigration service spent £11.2m on police cells in the
    year to March 2004 and could make annual savings of £7.75m if
    it secured the same rate as the prison service.

    Talks between the Immigration Service and the Association of
    Chief Police Officers are taking place to try to reach a similar
    flat rate.


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