24 May 2017 Positive Action in Housing has welcomed Holyrood’s Equality and Human Rights Committee’s report on destitution and its call for a Scottish anti-destitution strategy and advocacy service. 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 […]
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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 The new system will apply to refugees who have had their initial application rejected and all financial support withdrawn.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 […]
In July 2012, Positive Action in Housing announced its discovery of an alleged fraud committed against the charity by a former employee, and its instigation of a police investigation. Robina Qureshi, Chief Executive Officer of Positive Action in Housing, said: “We are determined to be open and transparent and keep our members, supporters and everyone […]
Messages of Support for Positive Action in Housing on the occasion of our Fifteenth AGM Motion to the Scottish Parliament S3M-07137 – That the Parliament congratulates Positive Action in Housing on the occasion of its 15th anniversary; considers that it has provided many important and valuable services over the years in its work to improve […]
As we wrote this, a quiet, gently spoken young Iranian ‘asylum seeker’, Ali Mohammed Sadegh, was asleep in the back of our office…We would not normally allow this but then this is not a normal situation. On Friday 16th April at 11.30 pm, Ali was viciously beaten and stabbed by a group of 6 white men in what we believe was a racially motivated crime…Ali has been absolutely destitute for seven months.
Launch of Scottish Ethnic Minorities Directory 2002 GLASGOW Monday 4 June 2001 11.45 am – 1.30pm Speakers: Margaret Curran MSP, Deputy Minister for Social Justice, Subhash Joshi MBE, Chair (PAIH) and Robina Qureshi, Director (PAIH). This launch will also commemorate the contribution of Subhash Joshi, who passed away in May 2001, to the voluntary sector. […]
Housing for a Multiracial Society A Response to Scottish Homes’ Review Of the Ethnic Minority Housing Strategy For Glasgow 1995-1998 and the Consultative Report on Key Findings and Draft Action Plan for 1999-2002 November 1999 Introduction 1. Positive Action in Housing (PAiH) is a black & minority ethnic housing organisation, working […]