Hundreds of seized migrant boats are being stored at a cost of £500,000 to taxpayers.
OVER THE LAST YEAR, UK TAXPAYERS HAVE SPENT APPROXIMATELY £500,000 STORING THOUSANDS OF SMALL BOATS that migrants have used to illegally cross the English Channel.
More than 10,000 migrants risked their lives on the treacherous trek this year alone, according to the government’s official estimate. Border Force is required by law to detain the boats for a period of 12 months if their owners come forward to claim them under Section 26 of the UK Borders Act 2007 and the Immigration Disposal of Property Regulations 2008.
This has, predictably, never happened since they are owned by illegal people smugglers.
Despite this, UK taxpayers are still required to pay for their safe storage at a fenced-in site in Dover, Kent, until the term expires – despite the fact that it is clearly a waste of money.
Unseaworthy boats are disposed of after a year, while those that can be restored are donated to charitable causes or sold.
The cost of storing hundreds of boats at the storage station has climbed dramatically, according to reports.
A source informed The Times that an internal estimate of the cost of transporting, storing, and disposing of the small boats seized by Border Force is £500,000 a year.
Ministers are expected to reverse the “preposterous” rule later this year after learning of the absurd situation.
If authorized, Border Force would be able to sell or donate the boats to charity if they are seaworthy.
Some boats are maintained for longer periods of time in case they are needed as evidence in the prosecution of people traffickers following police or National Crime Agency investigations.
This clause of the legislation will be repealed as part of the Nationality and Borders Bill, which is now being debated in Parliament. It will no longer apply to “ships or other property.”
Instead, if the boats are considered safe, they will be auctioned to raise money for charities or gifted to organizations such as the Sea Cadets.
According to a source, some of the funds generated could be used to “recover the costs of maintaining the asylum system.”
Conservative MP Peter Bone said the £500,000 a year spent on storing the boats “a ridiculous waste of money.”
“What people smuggler is going to show up to the Home Office and say, ‘You have my boat, please give it back to me?’” he added.
“Rather.” According to the Brinkwire Summary News.