Press Statement – Room For Refugees

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Press statement for immediate release In response to the UK government’s statement yesterday that there is no “need” for spare rooms for refugees, a refugee homelessness charity which pioneered “refugee hosting” since 2004 has criticised the UK government for turning down pledges of free shelter in the homes of thousands of people across the UK. […]

Press statement about refugee hosting

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Please note the following statement from Positive Action in Housing on behalf of the families involved in hosting. “The people of Scotland and right across the UK have been incredibly compassionate and generous in opening their homes and their hearts to Syrian and other refugees displaced by wars and persecution. There has been a significant […]

UK wide refugee hosting scheme – national database

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Positive Action in Housing’s refugee hosting scheme has gone viral and UK wide, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland… We have hundreds of volunteers signing up to our refugee hosting scheme, hundreds signed in the last 12 hours  and growing.  This builds our capacity considerably and we are determined to respond. Building capacity | we are looking […]

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 The new system will apply to refugees who have had their initial application rejected and all financial support withdrawn.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 […]

Messages of Support

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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 […]

Destitute Refugee Attacked on the Streets of Glasgow

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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.