Landlords ordered to pay £350k+ for ‘beds in sheds’ after council prosecution

Three landlords have been ordered to pay more than £350,000 in fines, confiscation order and costs after being prosecuted by Hounslow Council for having so-called ‘beds in sheds’. At a hearing at Isleworth Crown Court on 15 October, Brian Linskey and Catherine Hallahan were ordered to pay £265,000 after they constructed three outbuildings to theContinue reading “Landlords ordered to pay £350k+ for ‘beds in sheds’ after council prosecution”

Ombudsman calls on council to pay £27k after housing homeless family in unsuitable temporary accommodation for nine years

The London Borough of Brent has been told to pay £27,000 compensation after a report by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) found that the council had failed to provide a complainant and his family with suitable temporary accommodation since 2012. The Ombudsman found Mr X and his family were homeless, and inContinue reading “Ombudsman calls on council to pay £27k after housing homeless family in unsuitable temporary accommodation for nine years”

COP26 campaigners take over Glasgow’s Hamish Allan Centre

CAMPAIGNERS have occupied a former homelessness unit on the Southside of Glasgow to house climate justice campaigners in the city for COP26. The Hamish Allan Centre and asylum seekers night shelter in Tradeston has been turned into “Baile Hoose” with space for sleeping and accessing donated food. Organisers said the shelter offers an alternative to encampmentsContinue reading “COP26 campaigners take over Glasgow’s Hamish Allan Centre”

95 DIED IN ASYLUM SEEKER ACCOMMODATION IN FIVE YEARS AMID FEARS HOME OFFICE DOWNPLAYED TOLL

Ninety-five people have died in asylum accommodation since April 2016, almost double the figure recently admitted by the government and comes amid fears the Home Office has deliberately downplayed the death toll. The data also reveals a stark increase in the number of deaths of those housed under asylum support provisions, such as in hotels,Continue reading “95 DIED IN ASYLUM SEEKER ACCOMMODATION IN FIVE YEARS AMID FEARS HOME OFFICE DOWNPLAYED TOLL”

Far-right groups in UK target hotels housing Afghan refugees

The evacuation of thousands of Afghan refugees to the UK after Kabul fell to the Taliban has triggered an increase in far-right groups targeting hotels where they are being accommodated, according to those monitoring the activities of extremist groups. Britain First is one of the most prominent organisations involved and, according to its own website,Continue reading “Far-right groups in UK target hotels housing Afghan refugees”

Asylum seekers in hotels should have been given money for phone calls, High Court rules

A decision by the Home Office not to give money to thousands of asylum seekers to make calls to friends and family during the pandemic has been declared unlawful by the High Court. The ruling means the UK Government could be forced to roll back weekly payments for some 10,000 asylum seekers. After an earlier hearing, the HomeContinue reading “Asylum seekers in hotels should have been given money for phone calls, High Court rules”

Son of Glasgow refugee Mercy Baguma ‘still asks questions about mummy’ one year on from tragic death

The partner of Glasgow refugee Mercy Baguma has paid tribute on the one-year anniversary of the young mum’s tragic death. Her tiny son Adriel is feared to have lay for up to five days next to her body at the flat they shared in Govan last year. The 34-year-old was last seen by partner Eric Nnanna on August 18 as sheContinue reading “Son of Glasgow refugee Mercy Baguma ‘still asks questions about mummy’ one year on from tragic death”

Home Office records 70 racist incidents by far right at asylum accommodation

The Home Office has recorded 70 racist incidents by far-right supporters against asylum seekers in barracks and hotel accommodation, according to a freedom of information response obtained by the Guardian. However, campaigners supporting asylum seekers in such accommodation say the figure is a significant underestimation of the true picture. The data, which covers 1 January 2020 untilContinue reading “Home Office records 70 racist incidents by far right at asylum accommodation”

‘It isn’t fit for animals’: Asylum seekers forced to sleep in 24-bed hostel rooms despite coronavirus risk

Hundreds of asylum seekers have been placed in a hostel where they are forced to share bedrooms crammed with multiple triple bunk beds despite the risk of coronavirus spreading, The Independent has learned. Around 500 men are currently staying at a hostel in Southwark, south London, despite the local council having deemed the facility unsafe to house rough sleepers last yearContinue reading “‘It isn’t fit for animals’: Asylum seekers forced to sleep in 24-bed hostel rooms despite coronavirus risk”

Inside Housing launches new series on racism and housing

The new series follows on from the creation of its race and housing editorial panel, which was set up almost a year ago. The aim of the panel was to provide Inside Housing with ideas for stories and research, and to challenge and inform how the publication approaches its work. The panel has already fed into numerous articlesContinue reading “Inside Housing launches new series on racism and housing”