HMRC was wrong to refuse a backdated claim for child tax credits for asylum seekers who had been granted refugee status, a judge in the Court of Session has ruled in the first successful social security test case for asylum seekers and tax credits in the UK.
Asylum Seekers / Refugees
More than 50 refugee and migrant organisations, lawyers and academics across Scotland, Wales and England have signed an open letter to home secretary Priti Patel to raise questions about the ongoing Aspen card crisis and the card contractor PrePaid Financial Services.
Ten days have now passed with thousands of asylum seekers, including several hundred in Glasgow, being left without working payment cards due to a Home Office contract changeover, writes Robina Qureshi.
A move by the Home Office to house asylum seekers in a "squalid" military barracks in Folkstone was flawed and unlawful, the High Court has found.
CIH Scotland director Callum Chomczuk on the need for reform of our immigration system to end the hostile environment. In March the Home Office published a new immigration plan it said would improve the fairness and efficacy of the system. However, the reality is these proposals may end up
Wheatley Group is stepping up its support to help refugees and asylum seekers settle into life in Scotland with the development of a new welcome pack. The pack will help refugees access information and advice on their rights, choices and housing options, including tenancy agreements translated
Positive Action in Housing (PAIH) has described the use of hotels as asylum accommodation under the Home Office/Mears contract as the "most inhumane" it has ever witnessed.
A judge in the Outer House of the Court of Session has found that a local authority acted unlawfully in failing to provide assistance to a homeless Sudanese refugee living in Scotland.
In a petition for judicial review of the City of Edinburgh Council’s decision to refuse a fresh homeless application, the Court of Session has held that the council acted unlawfully. Mr Dafaalla, represented by Shelter Scotland, is a 62-year-old refugee from Sudan. He had previously made a hom
Jon Sparkes: Ending homelessness across Scotland is possible but only by helping those seeking asylum in this country too
Addressing the issue of homelessness amongst migrant groups across Scotland is crucial for ending homelessness across the country, writes Jon Sparkes. Over this summer it was hard to ignore the stories in the news about individuals making perilous journeys over to the UK to seek safety here. In
Home Office plans to withdraw accommodation and support from hundreds of asylum seekers in Glasgow are "dangerous" and "unconscionable", two Glasgow councillors have warned in a letter to home secretary Priti Patel. Council leader Susan Aitken and Councillor Jen Layden, are calling on the Home Offic
Positive Action in Housing ‘disturbed’ at UK Government’s ‘out of sight, out of mind’ plan for asylum seekers
Home secretary Priti Patel allegedly ordered civil servants to consider processing asylum seekers on remote islands more than 4,000 miles from Britain, according to reports. Ms Patel asked her officials to look into the viability of an Australian-style offshore asylum processing centre on Ascension
Positive Action in Housing has reiterated its demand for a full independent inquiry into the accommodation provided to asylum seekers in Glasgow during lockdown after a mother was found dead on Saturday. Mercy Baguma, an asylum seeker from Uganda, was found dead beside her baby in her flat
Hotels are likely to still be used for emergency accommodation for asylum seekers in Glasgow for at least another four months, according to reports.
The Everyone Home Collective of influential charity and academic sector organisations working to end homelessness will start consulting from Monday on the second in a series of Route Maps designed to permanently end rough sleeping and destitution in Scotland as the country emerges from the pandemic.