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Asylum firm faces probe

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THE JOURNAL (Newcastle, UK)

Investigations have been launched into allegations of financial irregularities by a firm providing accommodation for asylum seekers in the North. The Home Office and Newcastle Council have begun probes into the Angel Group. The company has been hit with allegations it claimed council tax relief on properties which it was not entitled to. And it is said to have received payments from the national asylum support service for properties in Newcastle which were found to be uninhabitable. Angel Group owner Julia Davey said: “The allegations are rubbish and the invention of ex-employees who have an axe to grind.” The Home Office has asked its audit and assurance unit to look into the claims. A spokeswoman said: “We take these allegations very seriously. We are currently investigating the claims made to us. “If the allegations were substantiated, the contract would be terminated.” Newcastle Council said: “We are aware of serious allegations that have been made.”

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Written by Concerned

August 5, 2005 at 10:47 am

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