“It is welcome news that the Grenfell families will be housed permanently in their local community. It is doubtful however that they would care if it was ‘luxury’ or not. The families have already turned down high rise hotels – understandably, their first concern is ‘how safe is it’?” “There were reports of families being […]
Kensington & Chelsea Borough Council are threatening some Grenfell residents with making themselves “intentionally homeless” if they don’t accept the offers they are given. Positive Action in Housing – a Scottish charity – has 750 volunteer hosts on our Room for Refugees hosting programme in London alone , we could accommodate many people easily if […]
Numbers matter in Grenfell. Where are the victims? The food and clothes and shoes that was donated was put into storage, there was no one to give it to. So how many survivors are there? A disaster resource website for grenfell said 538 people were still missing, before changing it to zero the next day. That […]
For days, there has been conflicting reports of the numbers of dead and missing. Few can quite believe the numbers are so low for a fire so catastrophic on a building full of 650 people, from young babies, to mothers with several children to the elderly and disabled stranded on the top floors. Reports from the […]
By Alison Phipps IN my arms is a three-week-old baby. Her mother, who is from sub-Saharan Africa, has been evicted from the temporary London accommodation where she’d been placed after receiving refugee status, as she was found to have a well-founded fear of persecution. And now, mother and baby have come to stay in my […]
Appearance matters in the Conservative controlled Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea – the richest council in the UK. It’s planning application for refurbishments to Grenfell Tower is littered with references to how cladding would improve the views from neighbouring luxury houses in the Ladbroke and Avondale Conservation Areas – with average home values of £2M.
26 May 2017 Positive Action in Housing has welcomed Holyrood’s Equality and Human Rights Committee’s report on destitution. The Committee’s report recognises the huge challenges facing people seeking safety here, and states that “destitution is built into the asylum process”. The Scottish Parliament Committee found that insecure immigration status – as experienced by people in the […]
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The UK government is facing a legal challenge to strict new rules which will force impoverished asylum seekers in Scotland to travel to Liverpool for appointments with immigration officials from tomorrow. Lawyers are working with a charity which represents penniless refugees to build a case against the change, revealed in last week’s Sunday Herald. Most asylum seekers are not permitted to work in the UK and survive on food stamps. The new system will apply to refugees who have had their initial application rejected and all financial support withdrawn. In a letter sent to stakeholders only a fortnight ago, UK Visas and Immigration CEO Mike Wells, said: “From 26th January 2015 we will require all failed asylum seekers wishing to submit further submissions to make an appointment to do so, in person, in Liverpool.” The decision has been criticised by Scottish Government Communities Secretary Alex Neil, who has written to Home Secretary Theresa May to urge her to reconsider, and charities which offer support to refugees who arrive in the UK after fleeing persecution.
Positive Action in Housing had a wonderful AGM on Thursday 1 November where we presented our Annual Report and Audited Accounts. The AGM was attended by over 150 people who heard speeches from members and service users, as well as a brilliant inspiring Keynote contribution on the theme of Trust by David Orr, Chief Executive […]