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 […]

The UK’s richest Council inflicts needless austerity on its poor when it comes to fire safety, yet spent millions on a facade that kills – the residents of Grenfell deserve truthful answers, those culpable must be held accountable

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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.

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 […]

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 […]

News – October 19 2012

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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 […]