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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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 The new system will apply to refugees who have had their initial application rejected and all financial support withdrawn.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 […]
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 […]
Report by Robina Qureshi Published: 24/11/07 14 year old Meltem Avcil and her mum are to be released today (23 Nov) from Yarlswood. Speaking from Yarlswood this afternoon, in her soft Doncaster accent, Meltem said: “I am so happy I think I will burst. This is my best moment ever. I want to say […]
Evidence presented to the Scottish Parliament about the under-representation of black and minority ethnic communities in housing.