Grenfell Tower Homeless could be threatened with making them selves “intentionally homelessness” if they don’t move outside London

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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 […]

The kindness of strangers: the challenges and rewards of opening your home to refugees by Alison Phipps

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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 […]

When I opened my home to refugees

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Professor Alison Phipps writes about her and her husband Robert’s experience of hosting refugees through Positive Action in Housing’s Room for Refugees Programme and its predecessor, which was simply called “accommodation project” … 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 […]

Positive Action in Housing Welcomes Destitution Report

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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 […]

Formal planning objection by Positive Action in Housing to the Erection of Aurora short term immigration holding facility

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        19 October 2016 Sent by email to: dc@renfrewshire.gov.uk Development Management Customer Service Centre Renfrewshire House Cotton Street Paisley PA1 1AN   Dear Sir/Madam, PLANNING APPLICATION REFERENCE: 16/0655/PP Full Planning Permission Erection of part single storey, part two storey immigration holding facility (Class 8) with associated access, hard standing, fence, gate and […]

STATEMENT ON THE EU’S DECISION TO GIVE TURKEY 3 BILLION EUROS TO HOLD BACK WAR REFUGEES FROM FINDING SAFETY IN EUROPE

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The EU decision to pay 3 billion euros to Turkey to hold back refugees will not stop refugees coming into Europe, it will only make them use more dangerous routes and pay higher sums to people smugglers. 500,000 refugees have arrived via Greece in 2015 so far. More than 3,000 have drowned at sea, and […]

Notes on a Scandal – the Eric Kempson Transcript – 4 November 2015

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Powerful testimony from Eric Kempson about the extent of suffering in Lesvos, what exactly the aid agencies are not doing with the donations they have collected from the public on the back of the Lesvos Refugee Crisis, and testimony about abuses of refugee boats by the Turkish coastguard. Anyone who gives a damn about humanity should read this. […]

Home Office faces legal challenge over move to force Scots asylum seekers to travel 220 miles for appeals

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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.

Statement – 2 November 2012

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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 […]