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Rishi Sunak is below rising stress to finish the usage of inns for Channel migrants as new figures have revealed greater than 45,000 are nonetheless residing in taxpayer-funded rooms.

New Home Office figures present 45,434 asylum seekers are being accommodated in venues throughout the UK.

The Home Office is spending £5.4 billion on asylum lodging and assist, estimates from the Treasury present.

Labour has accused the Government of blowing its £1billion funds on “asylum support, resettlement and accommodation” because the backlog of functions soared over the previous 12 months.

The Home Office has requested the Treasury for an additional £4.3 billion to cowl the price of the small boats disaster. The majority, an estimated £2.3bn, is being spent on resort rooms.

Sir Matthew Rycroft, the highest civil servant within the Home Office, informed the Home Affairs Select Committee, in a brand new letter printed on Wednesday: “Both the Home Office and HM Treasury recognised that asylum was a volatile area to budget.

“As a result, in subsequent financial years both departments have worked together to manage additional costs through the usual process of Supplementary Estimates.

“The Home Office has also been managing it through efficiency savings.

“Indeed, we are taking steps to ensure the asylum system delivers better value for money for the taxpayer, such as ending the costly use of hotels and looking at a range of alternative accommodation sites.”

The price of the UK’s asylum system had beforehand ballooned to £3.96bn – up from £2.11bn.

Tory MPs have warned the immigration system is “not fit for purpose” and known as for “root and branch reform”.

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