Published on: 17 Jul 2019 14:18

Written by: Maryhill Housing

Maryhill Housing recognises the immensely difficult situation facing asylum seekers who may lose their homes following a decision on their right to remain in the UK.
 
No-one in this situation should be left to face destitution.
 
We expect any organisation which has a contract with the Home Office to act within the law and observe due process as decided by the courts.
 
We stand with the various housing associations, charities, law centres and other organisations in Glasgow that are calling upon SERCO and the Home Office to stop serving Lock Change Notices until such time as the law has been clarified.
 
The transition of the current contract with SERCO to the new contractor Mears is a matter which the Home Office should be proactively overseeing; with the focus on ensuring proper management of the properties and a continuing supply of homes for asylum seekers well into the future.
 
We are keen to play our part in the transition process but cannot directly intervene in contractual matters between the Home Office and the organisations with which it contracts.
 
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will always be open to discussions with SERCO, Mears and the Home Office over how lease arrangements are handled.
 
We understand and welcome the concerns expressed by Living Rent and other bodies on this highly sensitive issue, but do not want to do anything which puts at risk the future supply of homes for asylum seekers and pushes more people into being housed in greatly inferior private rented accommodation.