Here in Stoke-on-Trent, figures released by the UK Borders Agency tell us that of )ctober 25th, 2010, there are 586 registered asylum seekers in the city.
I know what you're thinking, that's not very many, but start to calculate the cost of this, and I guarantee you will be shocked.
For instance, if each asylum seeker is in receipt of £100 per week, that's £58,600 per week. That translates as £586,000 every ten weeks, or £2.9 million per year.
Now on top of this estimated figure- the city council refuse to answer my questions- you have the effects of the Revised Tenancy Agreement. Produced in May 2001 by the then Home Secretary David Blunkett, this document stated for landlords considering housing asylum seekers, exactly what had to be provided, and I guarantee you won't believe this either.
All properties to come with curtains and netting, pots, pans, cutlery, plates and dishes, at least one chair for every person that will be resident in the property, and one bed each for every person resident in the property.
Bedding, including thick blanket or duvet for every bed, at least a 20" colour TV, with license(!), all white goods to be either brand new, or if secondhand, must come with 12 months warranty(!)
Must have telephone, which must be quarterly bill not pay as you go, no cash meters either. Both gas and electric meters must be quarterly billed.
Carpets, towels, the list is endless, and can be found on the net under Revised tenancy agreement.
I would just like to thank our Labour council, and our PC liberal government for highlighting the fact that I no longer count in my own country.
Thanks very much.
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