The Home Office receives applications for asylum from people arriving in the UK who are fleeing persecution, war and political unrest. Many of the new arrivals are destitute, so whilst their claims are checked and assessed they need to be housed and supported, not least because until someone is granted leave to remain they may not take paid employment and have no entitlement to welfare benefits. The Home Office therefore provides a range of accommodation and support services to asylum seekers and these services are currently being retendered. The tender will involve delivery in all four countries forming the UK.
3SC is hoping to develop a supply chain to deliver some of the face-to-face aspects of the services including the provision of an outreach support service and the provision of resettlement support.
The next stage of the tendering process will commence in mid- July and once that begins 3SC will start the process of actively seeking delivery organisations.