Use of UK hotels for asylum seekers trebles despite Home Office promise | Home Office

The use of hotel accommodation for people seeking asylum almost trebled in 2021 despite pledges from the Home Office to end its use.

By the end of last year 26,380 asylum seekers were living in temporary hotel accommodation according to a report from the Refugee Council entitled: Lives on Hold: The Experiences of People in Hotel Asylum Accommodation.

Although the accommodation is supposed to be temporary, 378 people have been in hotel rooms for a year and 2,826 for more than six months. In the last three months of 2021 the Home Office was using 207 hotels to house asylum seekers. In the last quarter of 2019 just 24 hotels were being used.

The number of families housed in single hotel rooms has increased by nearly a third (27%) in 2021 including over 2,500 children 10% of the hotel population, according to freedom of information data obtained by the Refugee Council from the Home Office.

Workers for the charity identified widespread depression along with suicidal thoughts among both adults and children, and found that asylum seekers have inadequate access to clothing, footwear and other basic essentials such as painkillers, mobile phones and internet data.

Many living in this accommodation have limited access to the legal and health services they need and are cut off from local communities and support networks.

An increase in far-right harassment of asylum seekers at hotels is highlighted in the report along with some people being trafficked from hotels.

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The Refugee Council has accused the Home Office of having no clear plan for improving the issue.

The report includes 13 key recommendations which include ensuring people are not trapped in hotels for long periods but moved into dispersal

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How to get a hotel room cheaper than the best price online

Here’s my spending philosophy: If you can get something a bit cheaper, it’s worth a little effort.

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When saving on hotel rooms, the sites that claim to have the best possible deal aren’t always the way to go. Sometimes, you can do better on your own. My son just used the tips below to get a hotel room for $80 cheaper than the lowest price online.

Don’t book through a travel site

When you’re looking for a hotel, travel discount sites like Kayak, Expedia or are good places to start — but don’t book there. Once you find the lowest available price at the hotel you want to visit, call the hotel’s reservation desk.

Many hotels will meet or beat the best internet rate when you book with them. They’d much rather skip the commission to the travel site and book your stay directly. The hotel might even throw in a free upgrade like a nicer room or complimentary breakfast.

If you’re not having any luck with the first person who answers, respectfully ask to speak to the sales manager.

This is the best time to book a hotel room

If it’s feasible, wait until the day you need the hotel room to book it. The later in the day, the better. After 4 p.m., hotels know the odds of selling a room are pretty slim, so you’re more likely to get an even lower rate. On average, the

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