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Home Office ‘failed to discuss restart of asylum evictions with local authorities’

Councils not briefed about policy change despite concerns about homelessness and Covid risks

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The Home Office did not discuss the decision to restart asylum evictions with local authorities, it has been revealed, despite concerns about the immediate impact on homelessness and heightened risks of coronavirus transmission.

Councils were not briefed about the change in policy before it was announced in mid-September, a freedom of information investigation by the Independent online newspaper showed, underlining that all 26 councils that responded said there had been no consultation with ministers.

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