Officials advised Braverman against RAF base asylum plan

Civil servants advised the home secretary to abandon plans to house asylum seekers at a former RAF base in Lincolnshire, it has emerged.

In an email from February, seen by the BBC, a senior Home Office official advised Suella Braverman to stop work on the site at RAF Scampton.

The official noted “significant challenges to progress” on the site.

The Home Office said internal departmental discussions were a routine part of its decision-making.

It comes after West Lindsey District Council, where the base is located, lost its High Court bid for an injunction to stop work on the site.

The internal email was part of evidence referred to during a court hearing on Thursday.

RAF Scampton is one of a number of military sites the Home Office wants to convert into large-scale asylum accommodation to house asylum seekers waiting for their claims to be assessed.

When it announced the plans to convert it in March, the department said it wanted to reduce the cost of housing people in hotels,…

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