A government advisory group says that the direct provision system will cost some €200 million to provide in 2020.
A Briefing note on the ongoing work of the Advisory Group on Direct Provision, which is being Chaired by Dr Catherine Day, is seeking costings from Government on what “an alternative system would look like.”
The Advisory Group is estimating that the current direct provision model will cost around €200 million in 2020.
The costings information being sought is set to include “the cost of providing a housing allowance (HAP) with support from local authorities to find a home, appropriate social welfare payments such as unemployment allowances and child benefit etc. to each asylum seeking person/family until a final decision has been taken on their application.”
As with the Syrian refugees the Advisory Group is considering recommending post decision integration support programmes to help prevent homelessness.
The Group notes “that any demand driven system, which is essentially reactive, is inherently likely to involve additional expense.”
The Group also said that some 1,647 people in direct provision were housed in emergency accommodation.
“In the current direct provision regime where emergency accommodation has increased hugely since its introduction in September 2018 with approximately 1,647 people currently accommodated in hotels and Bed and Breakfast accommodation,” it wrote.