Two hotels housing asylum seekers in Cumbria will close as the Prime Minister pledged to end a backlog of applications

Two hotels used as accommodation for asylum seekers in Cumbria are expected to close.

Across the UK, there are 175,000 people from all over the world waiting to find out whether the government will allow them to remain in the UK. Some of these asylum seekers live in hotels and others in shared accommodation.

In Cumbria, the Waverley Hotel in Whitehaven and the Cumbria Park Hotel in Carlisle were used to accommodate people coming to this country. The Prime Minister said he would clear the backlog of asylum seekers by the end of the year. If approved, thousands will need to find a place to live, and fast.

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Few believe the backlog will be cleared entirely, but in an attempt to bring down the numbers, the Home Office has ramped up its decision-making process, more than doubling the number of caseworkers who decide whether to approve or reject claims, according to The Guardian. Manchester Evening News.

Last week, the Immigration Minister also announced that hotels housing asylum seekers at a cost of £8 million a day would no longer be used for this purpose, and the first 50 hotels would be vacated by the end of January. In Cumbria, the Cumbria Park Hotel is set to close as is the Waverley Hotel in Whitehaven.

During a statement to the House of Commons, MP Robert Jenrick said the “exit” would begin in the coming days, with other hotel contracts expiring by January. The Waverley Hotel in Whitehaven is among the first tranche of 50 hotels that will close by the end of January 2024.

The Minister stressed that dedicated resources have been allocated to facilitate the organized and effective management of the operation, thus limiting its impact on local communities.

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