Bibby Stockholm at risk of becoming a “floating Grenfell” - amid warnings about “serious fire risks”.

31 July 2023

Despite the Home Office initially intending to move people seeking safety onto the Bibby Stockholm from tomorrow, reports state there is still no approval from local fire services.

The Bibby Stockholm, a barge with 222 bedrooms intended to house 500 men who are seeking safety in the UK at a time, is facing further pushback after it has been reported that there has been no approval from local fire services. Fire safety checks carried out last week also suggested there were serious fire safety concerns, with reports that authorities have released formal warnings regarding the fire evacuation procedures. 

The Home Office had intended to move people onto the Bibby Stockholm tomorrow, and yet it is being reported that one source is concerned the Bibby Stockholm will become a ‘floating Grenfell’.  This follows a week where several instances of ‘unlawful’ practice in the asylum and immigration system were declared, including housing lone children in hotel accommodation and withholding financial support from mothers

Meanwhile, plans to move people into RAF Scampton have been pushed back due to delays in surveys on the buildings. There have been further reports of tuberculosis at a former RAF site at Braintree in Essex. Far from moving towards more compassionate and appropriate housing for people seeking safety, asylum accommodation is deteriorating even in the face of evidence of the catastrophic mental and physical impacts of such poor accommodation conditions. 

Iona Taylor- Advocacy and Campaigns Lead

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