Written evidence from Thousand4£1000

Thousand4£1000 is a small registered charity based in Brighton and Hove run by volunteers. Our aim is to support migrants, asylum seekers and refugees who are in danger of becoming destitute. We provide accommodation, as well as financial, practical and emotional support. Our funding is primarily through small regular donations from the residents of Brighton and Hove.

We wish to submit evidence to the Public Accounts Committee because, through our contact with a number of asylum seekers in Brighton and Hove, we are concerned about the quality and level of support offered by the Asylum accommodation and support transformation programme”.

Since the beginning of 2020 we have been in regular contact with about 30 single men who have been placed in shared accommodation in Brighton under this programme. These are our concerns:

Finally we feel that these contracts do NOT offer good value for money. As a small local charity we are able to provide accommodation, an internet connection, subsistence and travel passes, as well as pastoral support, for between £400 and £600 a month per person.

October 2020