Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to Caroline Nokes announcing the awarding of asylum accommodation contracts to outsourcers including Serco, said “These private companies have already failed to provide decent asylum accommodation, as they have failed in so many areas of social provision.
“The award of these contracts is a slap in the face to all those of who have suffered at their hands. Everyone should be able to access decent housing and the sooner these services are run by the public sector once more, the better.
“Private firms have no business running homes for asylum seekers. Labour will end this rotten system.”