Extreme’ cost to taxpayer as Jamaica deportation flights leave ‘virtually empty’

Government deportation flights to Jamaica have been operating with only a handful of people onboard, newly-released figures show. The Home Office statistics disclose that 140 people with criminal convictions were deported on six flights between 2016 and 2021. Some of the chartered aircraft have left ‘virtually empty’ at ‘extreme’ cost to British taxpayers, one prominent community leaderContinue reading “Extreme’ cost to taxpayer as Jamaica deportation flights leave ‘virtually empty’”

Asylum accommodation deaths ‘twice as high’ as Home Office admitted

Ninety-five people have died in asylum accommodation since April 2016, almost double the figure recently admitted by the government, raising suspicions the Home Office has deliberately downplayed the death toll. And the data reveals that in the past two years there has been a particularly sharp increase in the number of deaths of those housed under asylumContinue reading “Asylum accommodation deaths ‘twice as high’ as Home Office admitted”

HGV shortage: No parking spaces, fines for breaks and how life on the road is turning drivers away from UK

HGV drivers have warned the UK’s supply chain crisis will not be eased until facilities and working conditions catch up with the rest of Europe. There are multiple factors that have contributed to the shortage, some unique to the UK and others not.© Provided by The i Service Stations © Provided by The i Drivers told i they areContinue reading “HGV shortage: No parking spaces, fines for breaks and how life on the road is turning drivers away from UK”

Asylum seekers ‘crammed into 24-bed hostel rooms and forced to share’ despite Covid risk

Asylum seekers are being put into hostels and forced to share rooms crammed with dozens of beds despite the rise of Covid, reports claim. About 500 men are said to be at a hostel in Southwark, South London, despite a local council calling the facility unsafe to house rough sleepers. That was said to beContinue reading “Asylum seekers ‘crammed into 24-bed hostel rooms and forced to share’ despite Covid risk”

‘Afghan refugees are welcome here’: public pledge made by Dumfries and Galloway Council

Councillors from various political backgrounds put on a united front in offering a safe haven for families fleeing the crisis-torn country. Dee and Glenkens Councillor Dougie Campbell is a former director of the Scottish Refugee Council and mentor to refugees. At last week’s full council meeting, he said: “Through that experience I made very goodContinue reading “‘Afghan refugees are welcome here’: public pledge made by Dumfries and Galloway Council”

Call for inquiry into death of migrant who fell from Glasgow flat block

An organisation that advocates for migrant rights is calling for a fatal accident inquiry to be held into the sudden death of a man in Glasgow. Harvey Wittika was killed after falling from the second floor of his flat building in the city on August 6, according to Glasgow Live. The 37-year-old, originally from Malawi, had been living in GlasgowContinue reading “Call for inquiry into death of migrant who fell from Glasgow flat block”

Fuel shortages: HGV drivers saw issue coming years ago and ‘worst still to come’

‘This hasn’t happened overnight’ HGV driver Jon Clarke said the shortage of drivers has been years in the making. The driver of 14 years said poor conditions and a lack of investment forced people out of the industry without recruiting younger staff into the sector. “This hasn’t happened overnight, anyone who does the job willContinue reading “Fuel shortages: HGV drivers saw issue coming years ago and ‘worst still to come’”

An inspection of the use of contingency asylum accommodation – key findings from site visits to Penally Camp and Napier Barracks

During the week of 15 February 2021, as part of ICIBI’s inspection of contingency asylum accommodation, inspectors from ICIBI and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) visited Penally Camp and Napier Barracks, spending two days at each site. The Independent Chief Inspector made a follow-up visit to Napier Barracks on 4 March. HMIP is producing a detailedContinue reading “An inspection of the use of contingency asylum accommodation – key findings from site visits to Penally Camp and Napier Barracks”