Damning report on G4S and Serco ignored in bid to vilify asylum seekers

  Today the National Audit Office published a report about the Compass Contract for the provision of accommodation for asylum seekers. The Home Office press release highlighted how G4S and Serco struggled to get contracts up and running, which resulted in poor performance, delays and additional costs for the Home Office. The 8-page executive summary concludes by mentioning: Unresolved issues one year on The challenge …

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The great British property scandal

Mark Harper the immigration minister was one of the panellist on  BBC Question Time last week. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03dy8wl/Question_Time_17_10_2013/) so obviously immigration issues were on the agenda. “Massive effect on public services… housing.” “We cannot take any more… we are full.” “Pressures on public services… housing…  immigration.” In many people’s mind the problem of housing shortage and immigration are clearly linked and …

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Migrant Communities and Housing in the UK

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, alongside HACT (a housing action charity), have today published a report on migrants experience of the private rented sector in the UK. As a section of a three-part report on housing and migration by The Housing and Migration Network, these papers aim to influence policy making in order to accommodate the needs of new migrants to …

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Sheffield takes a stand against G4S

Yorkshire academics, activists and organisations working within the refugee-related sector have had their suspicions of the multinational corporation, G4S, for a long while. Group 4 Securicor, the conglomeration formed when Securicor merged with other security companies, have recently been deemed the ‘preferred’ bidder for a huge government contract that would see this profitable private company being responsible for the provision …

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G4S is not a landlord; it’s a private security army

After the publication of a letter signed by a multitude of Yorkshire Academics declaring their discomfort with the subcontracting of asylum seekers’ social housing provision to multinational corporations – G4S, Serco and Reliance Security – John Grayson, a member of the South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group and a lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, has written a striking article …

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