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UK News Investigation into asylum seeker 'accommodation crisis' must start now

07:51  30 june  2020
07:51  30 june  2020 Source:   msn.com

Tensions over hotel being used for asylum seekers

  Tensions over hotel being used for asylum seekers Positive Action in Housing said the 91-room hotel was housing asylum seekers for the Mears Group, which moved them there during the pandemic.Radisson confirmed the Park Inn was partly being used as temporary accommodation, a policy which has received criticism from campaigners.

an inquiry into an asylum seeker “ accommodation crisis ” in Glasgow after an attack in the city The charity is now pushing for an independent investigation into the group’s procurement after be uprooted during a pandemic at the start of the lockdown when nobody was to move, non-essential “We must now also demand that the Home Office consult with support organisations and Glasgow

Image caption Asylum seekers had been moved into the Park Inn in response to the coronavirus Campaigners are calling for an independent inquiry into an asylum seeker " accommodation "We must now also demand that the Home Office consult with support organisations and Glasgow City

a truck driving down a busy city street: Emergency services at the scene of last Friday’s hotel stabbing incident in Glasgow © DAILY RECORD Emergency services at the scene of last Friday’s hotel stabbing incident in Glasgow

As the shock of last Friday’s hotel stabbing incident in Glasgow subsides, it is clear there must be an open investigation into whether the horrific events could have been avoided.

Glasgow is home to more than 5000 asylum seekers and the city has shown tolerance and compassion to its new arrivals, many of whom face huge uncertainty and stress when their applications to remain are rejected.

Calling for outsourcing company Mears, which moved so many vulnerable people into temporary hotel accommodation at such short notice, to be fired from the job is understandable.

UNHCR: Germany should promote refugee protection in the EU

 UNHCR: Germany should promote refugee protection in the EU © Louisa GOULIAMAKI The UN refugee agency UNHCR has appealed to the German government to make the protection of refugees one of its priorities during its EU Presidency, which began on Wednesday. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has appealed to the German government to make the protection of refugees one of its priorities during its EU presidency, which began on Wednesday.

Refugees, charities and MPs are calling for an inquiry into an asylum seeker “ accommodation crisis ” in Glasgow after an attack in the city last week. The hotel was being used to house asylum seekers at the time, with campaign groups criticising the decision to do so, taken during the coronavirus

Asylum seekers in Glasgow have been treated like “Amazon parcels” during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a charity calling for an inquiry into their accommodation facilities. It comes after six people including a police constable were injured in a knife attack carried out by 28-year-old

If the company did not carry out the right procedures, and assess people for their vulnerable status, they ought to face the music.

But it has to be remembered that Mears took over the role from Serco, who were dismissed after threatening evictions and changing the locks on asylum seekers’ accommodation.

There may be no simple solution to asylum accommodation and certainly there is no excusing the violent trauma of Friday.

But the Home Office, the providers, asylum seekers and the city council should be involved in taking stock on what went wrong.

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Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie: Prime Minister Boris Johnson © Getty Images Prime Minister Boris Johnson

It is blindingly obvious there can be no return to the austerity of the last decade, as Boris Johnson has now repeatedly promised us.

'It's something I will never forget': Stabbed Glasgow officer speaks of ordeal

  'It's something I will never forget': Stabbed Glasgow officer speaks of ordeal A policeman left in critical condition after responding to a multiple stabbing attack at a Glasgow hotel has spoken of the scene he was first confronted with, saying it "is something I will never forget".Constable David Whyte was among the first officers sent to the city's Park Inn hotel after a man launched a knife attack, injuring six people before being shot dead by armed police.

Asylum seekers in Glasgow have been treated like “Amazon parcels” during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a charity calling for an inquiry into their accommodation facilities. It comes after six people including a police constable were injured in a knife attack carried out by 28-year-old

There are more asylum seekers in Glasgow under the Home Office dispersal scheme than any other local authority in the UK. Charities and MPs have raised concerns over living conditions in city centre hotels, where asylum seekers were moved when lockdown was imposed.

One reason is there is precious little left to cut from the public sector.

Another is that the economic crisis caused by coronavirus has forced the Tories to embrace socialism.

Only the state can intervene and act when a third of the workforce is on furlough.

Johnson had to be prepared to shovel public money into propping up the economy anyway because of the hit the UK will take from his botched Brexit.

Now, he has to do it quickly because of coronavirus and hope the pandemic – rather than his misguided exit policy – will be blamed.

There is also a gulf of difference between an announcement and action.

Johnson has to prove he can walk as well as talk about a £100billion economic recovery.

Chief Constable praises police reponse to hotel stabbings .
Police Scotland's Chief Constable has praised his officers’ response to Friday’s stabbing attack in Glasgow. Iain Livingstone told a Scottish Police Authority meeting how officers were on the scene at the Park Inn hotel on West George Street “within two minutes” of reports of a violent incident. © PA Media Six people, including PC David Whyte, were injured and remain in hospital while the attacker Badreddin Abadlla Adam, a 28-year-old asylum seeker, died after being shot by armed police.

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