Serco



Charities issue plea to prevent COVID-19 evictions from UK asylum accommodation

A coalition of charities has called on Mears, Serco and the Home Office requesting an end to evictions from asylum accommodation during the COVID-19 crisis.

Published 26 March 2020

Govan Law Centre secures further three-month suspension of Serco lock-change evictions

Asylum seekers affected by the Serco ‘lock-change’ evictions in Glasgow can remain in their homes for another three months after Govan Law Centre (GLC) secured a further suspension of appeal cases.

Published 3 March 2020

Report outlines ten-point plan to prevent lock-change evictions

Immediate and fundamental reform of the asylum system is required to prevent lock-change evictions, destitution and street homelessness of some of the most vulnerable people in Scotland, according to a new report.

Published 14 February 2020

£252,000 of advocacy support funding announced for asylum seekers

Nearly 150 asylum seekers facing imminent homelessness in Glasgow will be given urgent, intensive advocacy support from local organisations, supported by a further funding package from the Scottish Government.

Published 6 January 2020

Lawyers who took on Serco and its lock-change evictions programme win at Herald Law Awards

A collaboration of lawyers who took on a multi-billion-pound national services company to defend the rights to a home for more than 300 highly vulnerable asylum seekers has won the Judges Award at The Herald’s 2019 Law Awards of Scotland.

Published 28 November 2019

Glasgow City Council must ‘step up and prevent a humanitarian crisis’

Glasgow City Council should be “bold” and do more to aid the plight of the asylum seekers facing lock-change evictions by Serco, according to Govan Law Centre solicitor advocate Mike Dailly.

Published 26 November 2019

Serco lock-change evictions case: Court of Session ruling in detail

A failed asylum seeker who claimed that it was “unlawful” for her housing provider to evict her from temporary accommodation by changing the locks to the property without first obtaining a court order has had her appeal dismissed.

Published 15 November 2019

Serco's lock-change evictions of asylum seekers deemed lawful by Scotland’s highest civil court

Scotland’s highest civil court has found that lock-change evictions of asylum seekers without court orders are lawful in a judgment whose implications are "deeply concerning".

Published 14 November 2019

Serco lock-change evictions ruling expected tomorrow

A decision in the case brought against the lock-change evictions of asylum seekers in Glasgow carried out by Serco will be handed down by Scotland’s highest civil court tomorrow.

Published 12 November 2019

Serco evictions may begin today

Positive Action in Housing (PAIH) has said that Serco may carry out lock change evictions today.

Published 31 October 2019

Serco lock-change evictions paused by Glasgow Sheriff Court

Asylum seekers facing eviction proceedings in Glasgow have been given a temporary reprieve by a court.

Published 30 September 2019

Mears will not perform lock-change evictions for asylum seekers

Mears has promised that it will not subject Glasgow-based asylum seekers who are waiting to receive a decision on their right to stay in the UK to lock-change evictions.

Published 17 September 2019

Court of Session to hear appeal into Serco lock-change evictions ruling

A legal bid to stop Serco’s eviction of asylum seekers in Glasgow will return to the Court of Session today as an appeal into a ruling that the housing provider’s lock-change policy was not unlawful gets under way.

Published 28 August 2019

Living Rent holds 'lock-in' to highlight council's 'failure' to protect Glasgow asylum seekers

Tenants' union Living Rent held a symbolic 'lock-in' at Glasgow City Council on Tuesday and sent a letter of demands urging the local authority to take responsibility for asylum seekers facing eviction via lock changes by Serco.

Published 21 August 2019

Fifty lock-change evictions blocked by Glasgow Sheriff Court

The fight against Serco’s lock-change evictions in Glasgow continues with fifty evictions now blocked by Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Published 9 August 2019