Numbers of migrants housed hotels rockets NINEFOLD
The Home Office has forked out tens of millions of pounds putting up thousands of asylum seekers in hotels with full board.
Nearly 10,000 people are now being put up in 100 hotels across the UK, a nine-fold surge from the 1,200 in March, amid high numbers of Channel crossings.
The asylum budget has doubled in the last six years to nearly £1billion.
Many millions are being spent on cancelled flights or legal aid for asylum cases.
Nearly £400million of the budget is being spent on housing for 40,000 migrants as well as 19,400 failed applicants, with some mounting several appeals over their applications.
The Government must legally house them even though the majority later see their asylum claims rejected.
Home Office figures show 60,000 asylum seekers and failed claimants received furnished accommodation with bill and council tax paid this year, treble the number from 2011-12.
Asylum cases have also rises from 60,400 five years ago to 110,000 in 2019-20.