Statement on Home Office accommodation site for asylum seekers


Duncan Sharkey, chief executive of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, said: “The council has recently been informed by the Home Office that it will shortly be using the Holiday Inn at Maidenhead for the foreseeable future to accommodate asylum seekers while their claims for sanctuary and protection in the UK are assessed. 

“This is a private arrangement between the Home Office and the hotel, which is closing to the public. The council was not involved in this arrangement and will not be involved in the running of this accommodation site or provision of day-to-day support, which is all being handled centrally via the Home Office. We will continue to liaise with the Home Office, NHS services and other partners with respect to our statutory duties.

“This is a national situation and there are more than 100 hotels nationally operating as accommodation sites for asylum seekers, including in other parts of Berkshire. In recent weeks, we have seen the heart-warming way our community has rallied quickly, generously and compassionately to support Ukrainian refugees coming to the Royal Borough, and I hope the asylum seekers will receive an equally warm welcome from the vast majority of residents.”