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SESPM Work & Events


SESPM is frequently invited to contribute to consultations. Our approach is to engage our wide partnership through a range of activities including bespoke meetings. We collate aggregate and submit responses covering the broad range of views and experiences of relevant practitioners and policy makers in the South East region.

2018 Consultations

Integrated Communities – SESPM worked with SEEC to submit a joint response to consultation on the Government’s Integrated Communities Strategy Green paper in June 2018.  The response built on a consultation workshop for 50+ local authority and voluntary sector partners in May 2018.

2017 Consultations

Asylum Accommodation Contracts  from 2019 – SESPM has coordinated and submitted separate  responses from local authorities and NGOs to the Home Office ‘Asylum Support Accommodation Transition’ AAST to inform the development of the Home Office exercise to procure the future model for asylum accommodation and support, replacing the existing COMPASS arrangements when they expire in Sept 2019.  We provide an ongoing communication and discussion function through our regional and sub-regional meetings.

Asylum Advice contracts from September 2019 – We are supporting stakeholder engagement throughout the South East on the  Home Office Advise Issues Reporting Eligibility (AIRE); from September 2019 this service will  provide assistance, advice and guidance to asylum support for eligible service users. These functions are currently delivered under the Home Office  Consolidated Advice and Guidance (CAGS) grant arrangement and the Consolidated Asylum Support Assistance Service (CASAS) contract.

South East England Councils provided evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group ‘Refugees Welcome?’ inquiry in 2016.

We also coordinated, collated and submitted  a South East regional response  to the consultation on Reforming support for failed asylum seekers and other illegal migrants. (2016)

Past consultation responses:

SESPM Response to AVR Consultation (March 2015)

SESPM Response to ONS Consultation on the Reporting of International Migration Statistics (June 2014)

SESPM response to Home Office Consultation: “Tackling illegal immigration in privately rented accommodation” (August 2013)

SESPM response to DH Consultation on Sustaining services, ensuring fairness: A consultation on migrant access and their financial contribution to NHS provision in England (August 2013)

SESPM response to the Migration Advisory Committee Call for Evidence on the Level of the Annual limit on Tier 2 and Associated Policies (December 2011)

Legal Aid, Sentencing & Punishment of Offenders Bill  – SESPM Memorandum (August 2011)

SESPM response to Limiting NON EU Consultation (September 2010)



South East Migrant Health 

Migrant Health Strategic Meeting – 26 March 2015
The Immigration Act of 2014 resulted in changes to access to health services for certain categories of migrant. SESPM members expressed a desire to understand how the changes would be implemented and the roles of different bodies in facilitating the process.

To take this forward SESPM hosted a small seminar in March 2015 with key contributors from the Home Office, representatives from health provision (strategic and practitioner), voluntary sector and local authority representatives. The agenda and final report can be found below:

Migrant Health Strategic Meeting – Spring 2013
The entire health system has radically altered in recent years. Clinical Commissioning Groups have replaced PCTs, public health has moved to local authority control and the NHS Commissioning Board has taken up its new statutory functions. What does all this mean for migrant health?

SESPM and the Centre for Public Innovation (CPI) organised a joint event in spring 2013 seeking to find out what the changes in the health the landscape mean to health practitioners. Presentations from the event can be found below:


Asylum help workshops

In April 2014 Migrant Help took over the national contract for advising asylum seekers through the asylum process and for helping asylum seekers into the Home Office support and accommodation system. This has meant that their services have been configured into the new Asylum Help package, delivered largely through a national phone line, and there are no longer ‘One Stop Services’ delivered in person in Southampton, Portsmouth and Hastings.

SESPM organised two workshops for those connected with delivering front line services to asylum seekers in the South East to understand the new Asylum Help service. These enabled partners to hear from and engage with, Migrant Help about the new Asylum Help system, explore the impact of the changes in Hampshire, assess the provision against local need and identify any training needs. Attendance included advice providers, health practitioners, education providers, housing practitioners, community safety, social services, employment, ESOL, police and community development workers. 

These meetings identified a number of key action points, with the agendas below.