Progress on housing contract negotiations

Flats with trees in front  c. Jenny Wicks
No-one should have to move as a result of the contract transfer

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A meeting has taken place with city council officials and representatives of organisations which work with refugees and asylum seekers to discuss the process for transferring the UK Border Agency housing contract from Glasgow City Council to another provider.

All participants expressed a desire to ensure that the contract is transferred as smoothly as possible, ideally without the need for anyone currently living in Glasgow City Council to have to move.

Glasgow a city of refuge

The meeting was organised by Glasgow Central MP Anas Sarwar. Scottish Refugee Council’s Communication Director Simon Hodgson was at the meeting which was organised to ensure Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell was fully briefed on progress to date.

Speaking about the meeting Simon Hodgson said, ‘We welcome moves to provide clearer information on exactly how people will be affected. We are also heartened to see the commitment shown to Glasgow’s important role as a city of safety and refuge for people who have fled war and persecution.’

Letter was ‘inappropriate’

In a session at Westminster last month, David Mundell said that the letter sent to people seeking asylum who are tenants of Glasgow City Council on 5 November was ‘inappropriate’ and ‘regrettable’. Mundell made this statement in response to a question from Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson.

He said: ‘There is a recognition that the correspondence was inappropriate, and a number of measures have been taken. For example, everyone affected will have at least 14 days' notice if they have to move. Progress has been made. The initial letter was regrettable, but the situation will be better in future.’

While we are aware that there have been reports about this matter in the newspapers and through online networks throughout the last weeks, unfortunately we are unable to provide any official update until we receive information directly from the UK Border Agency.

Read more

Read coverage of the meeting on the Evening Times website.