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Hotel will no longer be used as temporary refugee accommodation, local MP confirms – Leicestershire Live

Scalford Country House was used as a Covid-19 quarantine hotel to temporarily house refugees
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A hotel which was used as a temporary home for refugees and asylum seekers will no longer be used by the Home Office as emergency accommodation.
It was announced back in July that the Scalford Country House Hotel, near Melton, would be used to house people fleeing Afghanistan after its government collapsed and the Taliban rose to power.
The hotel's owners struck an agreement with the Home Office for its 80 bedrooms to be used temporarily by refugees and asylum seekers going through Covid-19 quarantine.
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It is understood that hundreds of people have been housed at the hotel in that time.
Their arrival prompted a response from the Melton community – with people and groups donating clothing, toiletries and other provisions for guests who arrived with little or no possessions.
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However, there was some backlash to the move, especially from guests who had their bookings cancelled at the last minute, including wedding and birthday celebrations.
The hotel's original contract was understood to end in November, and Alicia Kearns, the MP for Rutland and Melton, confirmed this was still the case.
She told LeicestershireLive: "Scalford Country House Hotel’s agreement with the Home Office to provide a temporary migrant COVID-19 quarantine hotel was due to end in November.
"I can confirm there will be no extension, the contract has now ended, and the hotel will no longer be used for that purpose."
The Home Office also confirmed that the Scalford Country House was no longer being used to house refugees and asylum seekers – but would not comment beyond this.
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