NERS Services in Sunderland
One Stop Service
NERS has delivered a high quality service to asylum seekers through
the One Stop Service. This service is a partnership with the
Refugee Council and NERS, which has continued to provide and
develop its system to the high quality and standards demanded
by the terms of the contract. NERS has also continued to provide
appropriate statistics and financial information to The Refugee
Council and NASS (National Asylum Support Service) as appropriate.
NERS will continue to develop its services supported by a strong
partnership with The Refugee Council.
Complementing Local Authority support
NERS is currently re-evaluating its structure and services in the
North East sub regions. It
is essential to look at the long-term support network of the local
communities and the opportunity to participate in local government
NERS is looking at a structure that will allow greater autonomy
and independence to its sub-regional teams and will facilitate work with the relevant Local Authorities.
NERS will continue to work with the local authorities to complement
their support and services to asylum seekers. Work with the Newcastle
Asylum Team is continuing and an improved system of consultation
and co-ordination of information is in place.
Responding to changes in government policy
NERS has responded appropriately to the dispersal policy and, most
recently, the introduction of the 2002 Immigration and Asylum
Act and Section 55, by continuing to act in the best interests
of asylum seekers and refugees. NERS was prepared for the consequences
of dispersal, developing its structure to utilise its resources
to ensure proper delivery of services to the influx of asylum
seekers dispersed to the North East.
The number of dispersals arriving to the North East may begin
to level off but, as usual, strategies will continue to be put
in place to respond to any new initiatives or ideas by the Central
or Local Government.
Our prime interest is to act in the best interests of asylum seekers