Following the recent high court ruling that councils had a duty to destitute asylum seekers, officials from relevan...
Following the recent high court ruling that councils had a duty to destitute asylum seekers, officials from relevant government departments are working with the local authorities most concerned, health minister Baroness Cumberlege told the Lords (OA 6 Nov col 641).
'I do not wish to go into the court case of 7th October because we are appealing against the decision. We believed that it was a reinterpretation of the National Assistance Act 1948. The noble Lord (Dubs) is correct in saying that the judgment causes problems for local authorities, and we are working closely with them and monitoring the situation.'
The minister said that latest information suggested that councils faced costs of £16m by the end of the year. The situation would be reviewed if the court appeal was lost.