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Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda plan could cost taxpayer billions.

Yesterday saw MPs in the House of Commons overturn all 10 House of Lords amendments to the controversial Safety of Rwanda Bill, showing clear support for Rishi Sunak and his policy.

However, as it increasingly looks like Sunak’s plans might come to fruition, there have emerged some shocking statistics about what the actual plan might cost.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has revealed that the costs could not only run into billions but might be more expensive than the systems currently in place. Its research found that:

-The UK will have to pay up to around £230,000 per asylum seeker, compared to costs of £55,000 per person of pre-Rwanda system

-Rwanda payments for initial cohort of 20,000 irregular arrivals could reach up to £3.9bn

With the UK already under strain to fund things such as the NHS and calls for more spending on the military due to global conflicts, questions are being asked whether the plan is workable.

One political commentator stated:

“Clearly, spending that much on actually supporting them in the UK is just too much to ask for.”

The rejection by the government of the House of Lord’s amendments does demonstrate determination to proceed with the policy. The debate continues, and the financial burden, along with the practicalities of the policy are currently being hotly debated.

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