Dave Smith
New Asylum Accommodation Contracts Awarded

The new Asylum Accommodation and Support Services Contracts (AASC) have been awarded. Under the new contracts, providers will be required to have proactive maintenance plans, to make sure that they regularly inspect properties and report back to the Home Office on the findings of these inspections. 

The Home Office formally awarded contracts to the following providers:

Serco: for the Midlands, East of England and North West.
Mears Group: for the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Clearsprings Ready Homes: for the South and Wales.     

G4S, which was widely criticised as being incompetent by refugee organisations, lost all its contracts, with the Mears Group taking over much of their UK coverage.

Migrant Help have also been awarded the contract for the Advice, Issue Reporting and Eligibility Assistance services (AIRE), which will be a single integrated and national service for asylum seekers.

The AASC contracts are worth far more than the existing COMPASS contracts that they have replaced, with an approximate value of £4 billion over 10 years. The new contracts will commence in September 2019.

Refugee Council has issued a comprehensive response to the new contracts, which you can find here.