Hotel will no longer be used as temporary accommodation for refugees, local MP confirms

A hotel that served as a temporary home for refugees and asylum seekers will no longer be used by the Interior Ministry as emergency accommodation.

It was announced in July that the Scalford Country House Hotel, near Melton, would be used to house people fleeing Afghanistan after its government fell and the Taliban came to power.

The owners of the hotel have reached an agreement with the Home Office for its 80 rooms to be used temporarily by refugees and asylum seekers going through the Covid-19 quarantine.

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It is understood that hundreds of people were accommodated at the hotel during this time.

Their arrival prompted a response from the Melton community – with individuals and groups donating clothing, toiletries and other provisions for guests who arrived with little to no possessions.

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However, there have been negative reactions to the move, especially from guests whose reservations were canceled at the last minute, including weddings and birthdays.

The hotel’s original contract was due to end in November and Alicia Kearns, MP for Rutland and Melton, has confirmed that is still the case.

She told LeicestershireLive: ‘The Scalford Country House Hotel’s agreement with the Home Office to provide a COVID-19 quarantine hotel for temporary migrants was due to end in November.

“I can confirm that there will be no extension, the contract is now terminated and the hotel will no longer be used for this purpose.”

The Home Office has also confirmed that the Scalford country house is no longer used to house refugees and asylum seekers – but would not comment beyond that.

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