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Asylum seeker invited to Westminster as MPs probe conditions in G4S hostel

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Communities

Asylum seeker invited to Westminster as MPs probe conditions in G4S hostel Asylum seeker invited to Westminster as MPs probe conditions in G4S hostel

A female asylum will appear before MPs in Westminster today as conditions at a hostel run by G4S are probed.

Cha Matty has spent a year in the Stockton hostel with her baby. Women at the centre have described it as like living in "cells", and have complained about dirty conditions and insults to their privacy.

Though reserved exclusively for women with children aged under two and a half, the hostel is reported to be staffed almost entirely by men.

Cha Matty said: "We are just numbers for them in making a profit which is very unfair and sad."

The MPs will sit on a panel convened by the Children’s Society and former coalition minister Sarah Teather MP.

G4S - the world’s largest security company - is taking over a £200 million government asylum housing contract in the North East with Stockton Company Jomast Developments.

The Commercial and Operational Managers Procuring Asylum Support Services (COMPASS) contracts were awarded by the UK Border Agency, which opened up the responsibility for housing asylum seekers to private companies.

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