Home Office rethink on West Northants asylum proposal.

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West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) has welcomed the Home Office’s decision not to pursue its current plans to temporarily house up to 400 additional asylum seekers in the area.

In December the Home Office informed the Council of its intention to use a former hotel as a fourth site for asylum contingency accommodation in West Northants, with the possibility of it becoming operational this month.

However yesterday evening (Friday 13 January) Home Office officials notified the Council that it had decided not to pursue use of the accommodation at present.

The move comes after WNC expressed its concerns over the unsuitability of the proposed location and the added strain that providing access to essential services would place on already-stretched health, education and social care.

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