First Minister Nicola Sturgeon First Minister Nicola Sturgeon outlined the SNP’s key policies yesterday as the party leader revealed its manifesto for the upcoming general election.
Asylum Seekers / Refugees
Positive Action in Housing has welcomed a Holyrood committee’s report which found insecure immigration status to be a key aggravating factor leading to destitution. The equality and human rights committee’s report recognised the huge challenges facing people seeking safety in Scotland, stating t
MSPs are calling for a national strategy to alleviate the situation of hundreds of people with insecure immigration status in Scotland from becoming destitute. Destitution is defined as not having adequate accommodation, or a way of finding it, or being unable to meet essential living needs. The sit
Dee Flanigan Govan Law Centre (GLC) is to launch a Glasgow Asylum Seekers Project with a particular focus on housing, health and the living conditions of asylum seekers and their families and children in the city.
Glasgow is home to more asylum seekers than any other local authority area in the UK, research has found. More than 3,300 were living in the city as of December 31, 2016, according to the most recent Home Office figures available - almost double the number in Liverpool or Manchester, where the next
A new report from the British Red Cross has exposed how refused asylum seekers are trapped in a life of destitution in Scotland. The number of destitute refugees and asylum seekers helped by the charity in Glasgow increased from 326 in 2014 to 820 in 2016.
Yvette Cooper The state of some asylum accommodation provided by Home Office contractors throughout the UK has been branded “disgraceful” by MPs.
Ways in which Scottish public services can help asylum seekers facing destitution are to be investigated by MSPs on Holyrood’s equalities and human rights committee. A person is legally defined as destitute if (a) they do not have adequate accommodation or any means of obtaining it (whether or not
Housing associations and co-operatives across Scotland have shown an overwhelming act of solidarity and humanity as they pledge up to 350 homes for vulnerable families being relocated to the UK as part of the Vulnerable Person Relocation (VPR) scheme run by the UK government. A cross-sector response
Highland Council Employee of the Year Gail Ward (centre) with council leader Margaret Davidson and awards host Norman MacLeod Housing policy officer Gail Ward has been named Employee of the Year by Highland Council for the care and compassion she has shown in welcoming Syrian refugees to the region
COSLA President Councillor O’Neill and Ms Constance chat to Syrian refugees during an Edinburgh project that provides English language lessons Scotland has welcomed more than 1,200 Syrian refugees since the first flight arrived in Glasgow one year ago, according to the Scottish Government.
Event host Arlene Stuart of Radio Forth (far left) and Ronnie Hayton from award sponsor Click Networks (far right) with the housing team receiving the award (from left) Councillor Barry McCulloch, convener of housing; Lynda Stevenson, service delivery manager; Gillian Whitehead, area manager; Margar
A new guide to ensure refugees’ right to quality accommodation is upheld has been issued to housing professionals. Published by the Scottish Refugee Council with the support of the Scottish Government and the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland, the updated guide aims to ensure that all refuge
Keith Vaz MP Keith Vaz, the chairman of the House of Commons Home Affairs committee, has said that Scotland has “led the way” in the UK’s efforts to resettle refugees fleeing the war in Syria.
Over 70 players took part in the Queens Cross Welcome Cup Over 100 football fans came together for a community football tournament to welcome refugees and asylum seekers to Glasgow.