Priti Patel accuses Scotland of ‘not cooperating’ in asylum-seeker crisis

THE HOME secretary has accused Scotland of not doing enough to accommodate asylum seekers during a heated debate in the House of Commons.

Priti Patel said the Scottish councils and the Scottish government were not “balancing their weight” and accused Nicola Sturgeon’s ministers of not “lifting a finger” to help.

She was questioned by SNP MP Stuart McDonald about the use of hotel and barrack-style accommodation for people seeking refuge in the UK when she launched the attack.

Mr McDonald asked why the Department of the Interior “continues to place large numbers of asylum seekers in inappropriate hotels in inappropriate locations without notifying the relevant local government” and said there should be a return to “community dispersal of asylum seekers across the country.” whole country” .

He added: “We need to get rid of this ridiculous and dangerous idea that hotels are a kind of luxury for asylum seekers, when for many the opposite is the case. The Home Secretary knows that the increased use of hotels has led to more deaths in the asylum accommodation system.”

Ms Patel replied that municipalities “particularly in Scotland have played no role and have actually helped to deal with the spread.”

She said the MP for Cumbernauld “should be ashamed of himself”, adding: “The Scottish government has done absolutely nothing to lift a finger when it comes to actually supporting the dispersion of accommodation policy .”

She later said only one of the country’s 32 local authorities – Glasgow – was participating in the asylum seekers’ housing scheme, adding how we will tackle the wider problem…

“It is absolutely correct to say that the Ministry of the Interior, in conjunction with the former Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, has done everything possible to provide financial support and assistance to local authorities, but certain councils throughout the country still say no.”

Mr McDonald said the Home Secretary’s response was one of the “most outrageous responses ever” and asked her to ensure that if “warehouse style” accommodation was built to house asylum seekers, she would confirm that the councils would at least be informed or consulted in advance. Ms Patel did not specifically address this point.

It comes as the UK faces a migration crisis, with thousands of migrants risking their lives to travel across the English Channel every week in small boats to reach the country.

There have been reports of tensions within the Interior Ministry over how to resolve the matter, with officials describing Ms Patel as an “idiot” in a newspaper yesterday.

She is also frustrated at the lack of progress, blaming senior government officials in her department.

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