What is LAASLO?
Middlesbrough Council has a dedicated LAASLO (Local Authority Asylum Support Liaison) team. They are there to help signpost you and help you during your asylum process. If you are granted refugee status, the LAASLO team will help you during your 'move on' period. If you receive a negative decision, the LAASLO team can provide you with advice and signposting as well.
You can email the LAASLO team at email@example.com. Or you can phone Andy Robertson (LAASLO officer) on 0797 0964 209.
What is Middlesbrough Council, and what does the local government do?
When somebody claims asylum in the United Kingdom, the decision on whether or not to accept that is made by the Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), which are part of the national government.
The Home Office decides where asylum seekers get to live while they wait for a decision on their asylum claim. They are also responsible for making sure asylum seekers' support needs are met.
Asylum seekers are placed in different areas of the United Kingdom. Each of these areas has a different housing provider that is responsible for housing refugees. Since September 2019, the provider in Middlesbrough is Mears.
Middlesbrough Council is a local authority. We are not responsible for deciding where asylum seekers live, what support they get, or the decisions that are made on asylum claims. But we take our responsibility for the wellbeing of all people in Middlesbrough very seriously. We always try to understand local circumstances, and the LAASLO team are there to help those who have received, or are waiting for, a decision.