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”

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”

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”

Asylum seekers placed in ‘unsuitable’ Blackpool hotel despite council protests

Local authority accuses Home Office and Serco of trying to beat court hearing and frustrate justice system Blackpool council has accused the Home Office and Serco of deliberately acting to frustrate the justice system after placing asylum seekers in a hotel, despite objections that the accommodation was wholly unsuitable. About 140 people, mostly families, have moved intoContinue reading “Asylum seekers placed in ‘unsuitable’ Blackpool hotel despite council protests”

Covid outbreak at controversial camp housing hundreds of asylum seekers

The Independent understands that around 100 residents in four blocks have received a letter from Clearsprings Ready Homes, the firm contracted by the Home Office to manage the camp, telling them to self-isolate after three individuals tested positive. The letter, dated 7 August, states that “someone you share a household with has shown positive for Covid-19”Continue reading “Covid outbreak at controversial camp housing hundreds of asylum seekers”