Just subtract it from the Aid budget ......
ASYLUM seekers now cost the taxpayer nearly £5million a week to house.
And the cost of putting them up has almost doubled in two years.
New figures released to MPs, show that in the last financial year the Government forked out £230m to house immigrant families seeking asylum.
That has nearly doubled since 2006/7, when it cost £132m to shelter those who claim they cannot return home.
According to Immigration Minister Phil Woolas 20 companies or local councils house asylum seekers.
Last year Cardiff City Council pocketed £4.8m to house 560 households. In addition, Liverpool City Council received £6.1m to put up 290 families and Nottingham £5.7m for 580.
Private companies received up to £37.6m each to care for the refugees. The number of households being supported has also leapt, with 24,890 dealt with in the last financial year compared to 16,550 two years before. The statistics have been met with fury by critics.
Tory MP Stewart Jackson, who questioned Mr Woolas on the matter in Parliament, said: “This Government has completely lost control of the system.
“Meanwhile. the poor old UK taxpayer is having to pick up the tab.”
But Matthew Coats, Head of Immigration at the UK Border Agency, said: “Overall asylum support costs have halved since 2003/04. We have secured robust, flexible contracts with the commercial suppliers providing value for money accommodation to eligible asylum seekers.”
Susie Squire, of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “The most troubling thing we have seen is ineffective and expensive housing for those seeking asylum. We need to look at why these figures are climbing because the taxpayer cannot be expected to foot a bill this large.”
And Sir Andrew Green, of MigrationWatch, added: “These figures are astonishing. The cost of accommodation for asylum seekers has almost doubled in two years and now approaches £5m a week.
“The Government must explain how this has happened.”
Matthew Coats, Head of Immigration at the UK Border Agency, said: “Overall asylum support costs have halved since 2003/04.
“We have secured robust and flexible contracts with commercial suppliers to provide value for money accommodation to eligible asylum seekers.”
In December it was revealed that a Somali family of ex-asylum seekers were living in a £1,600-a-week £1.8m five-storey house in central London - funded by the taxpayer.