She said there was now consultation with local authorities, which should prevent problems. The home office had a contract with Glasgow City Council for housing for asylum seekers and other local authorities were coming on stream.
'We want local authorities to have a voice in this', Ms Roche said. 'They've formed regional consortia to liaise with us and we want to encourage them. What we can do is contract directly with them and we want that to happen.'
In a statement from the home office, Ms Roche said:
arrangements. It makes a useful contribution to the ongoing
development of our policy. We will continue to work with regional
consortia to ensure that asylum seekers are properly supported while
their claims are being considered, and that no one area takes a
disproportionate financial responsibility.'