Home Office paying £8m a day on migrant hotels, accounts reveal - one day after Home Secretary said bill was £6m

19 September 2023, 17:41 | Updated: 19 September 2023, 17:55

The cost of housing migrants in hotels has hit £8m a day.
The cost of housing migrants in hotels has hit £8m a day. Picture: Alamy

By Jenny Medlicott

The cost of housing migrants in hotels has risen to £8m a day, new figures from the Home Office show.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

The new figure puts the total annual spending on housing migrants in hotels at more than £3bn a year.

It comes after Suella Braverman, the home secretary, said the figure was £6m a day when addressing the Commons on Monday.

“We need to stop the boats to relieve the unsustainable pressure on our asylum system and accommodation services, which is costing over £3 billion a year,” the report states.

“The Illegal Migration Act will ensure anyone arriving illegally can be detained and swiftly removed, so that people know they cannot skip the queue by coming here illegally.

“This goes further than ever before to do what is necessary to fix the issue, but legislative changes take time and there is no single silver bullet.

“In the meantime, we must take action to address the unacceptable costs of housing migrants in hotels which is costing the taxpayer around £8 million a day.”

Read more: French-German plan to create EU 'inner circle' with space for the UK as Keir Starmer meets Macron in Paris

Read more: Commissioners to run Birmingham City Council’s finances, Michael Gove says

It comes after Suella Braverman told the Commons that the figure was £6m a day.
It comes after Suella Braverman told the Commons that the figure was £6m a day. Picture: Getty

Housing migrants in hotels has increased as the number of asylum claims in the UK has hit record levels.

The government has a legal obligation to provide asylum seekers with basic accommodation while their claims are being processed.

However, a backlog in previous unprocessed claims and the increase in the number of asylum seekers has delayed this, resulting in an increased use of hotels.

The government’s controversial Rwanda scheme was announced last year as part of its effort to tackle the number of asylum seekers in the UK.

“This is why we’ve got to get migrants out of hotels and stop the boats. We’re confident our Rwanda scheme, which is awaiting a judgment from the supreme court, will break the people smugglers’ business model,” a government source said.

The government has also attempted to cut the cost of housing migrants in hotels by moving them to barges and disused military sites this year.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper hit out at the government over the new figure.

“Shockingly, the cost of hotel accommodation has gone up by a third since Rishi Sunak promised to end hotel use,” she said.

“The Tories have busted the Home Office budget, they’ve broken the asylum system, and the British people are paying the price.”

The number of small boat crossings hit over 45,000 last year.
The number of small boat crossings hit over 45,000 last year. Picture: Alamy

The report also warned that there is a “critical” risk that it could “fail to prevent the loss of lives in the immigration system”.

A government source said the new figure shows “why we've got to get migrants out of hotels and stop the boats”.

The new figures come after the government announced on Tuesday that it has ended the use of hotel accommodation to house Afghan families given refuge in the UK.

Cabinet Office minister Johnny Mercer said more than 85% of the 8,000 Afghan refugees - who came to the UK under the Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement scheme - have now been moved into homes or pre-matched into settled accommodation.

This is despite the Local Government Association’s previous claim that one in five Afghans leaving hotels were appearing to councils as homeless.

The number of people crossing the channel in small boats hit over 45,000 last year - the highest number on record.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Obit Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis, humorously morose star of Curb Your Enthusiasm, dies aged 76

Robert Brown's lost his bid for parole.

BA pilot Robert Brown who bludgeoned wife to death with claw hammer loses bid for early prison release

Film Oscars-Guide

Everything you need to know about this year’s Oscars ceremony

It is understood that RedBird IMI is offering to help pay the £1.16 billion in debts that the current owners, the Barclay family, owe to Lloyds Bank.

Foreign governments must be banned from owning British newspapers, says former Tory cabinet minister

Creech was due to be taken to the execution chamber where he would be strapped down onto a medical table.

Death row execution abandoned after officials 'unable' to give lethal injection - with inmate's death warrant to expire

Mexico volcano

Flights cancelled as Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano erupts

Lee Anderson

Police 'looking into hate speech complaint against Lee Anderson' after MP said Sadiq Khan was controlled by Islamists

New data suggests fewer children are starting their education school-ready.

‘Things are poorer than ever before’: Headteacher says as poll finds fewer kids starting education are school-ready

Israel Palestinians

Food aid reaches north Gaza for first time in weeks, Israeli officials say

The raid also found Class A drugs in the London property, with one of the men later arrested on suspicion of drug supply.

Duo suspected of running smuggling ring through UK airports arrested after 'booking 27 migrants onto 11 flights'

Ben Jamal said James Cleverly's comments were 'absurd'

Palestine protest leader says James Cleverly's call for activists to end Gaza marches is 'absurd'

The 31-year-old criticised the script he was given, branding it as "15 pages of AI-generated gibberish.

'The script was 15 pages of AI-generated gibberish': Willy Wonka actor breaks silence on disastrous event

Child rescued

Helicopter’s thermal imaging camera helps find child in Florida swamp

Congress Senate

Mitch McConnell to step down as US Senate Republican leader in November

A group of influencers have joined a Government campaign to tackle loneliness in young people

'People feel embarrassed and ashamed': Why lonely youngsters aren’t seeking help as Government launches campaign

Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell to step down as US Senate Republican leader