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BIRMINGHAM DEFENDS HOME DELIVERY SERVICE TO REFUGEES

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Birmingham City Council has defended a food delivery service to asylum seekers after Tory councillors labelled it a...
Birmingham City Council has defended a food delivery service to asylum seekers after Tory councillors labelled it a waste of money, the Birmingham Post reports (p1).

Deputy director of social services Pauline Newman said the system which involves refugees choosing from a list of ready-cooked meals and ordering toiletries was the most efficient way of supplying asylum seekers with food and general goods.

She said the council was confident it could claim all of the money back from the government.

'We are very careful about containing the money within the government limit of£165 per person per week.

'We cannot give them money and we did try vouchers but found that the shops did not respond to the idea'.

The council is being accused of running a delivery services which is more expensive than Harrods' service.

The home shopping scheme, with a delivery cost of£5.95, is to be extended to all asylum seekers after being tested on 40 of the more than 400 refugees being sheltered by the council.

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