Author- JANE BRADLEY
A court appeal to determine the fate of refugees who have been threatened with eviction from their Glasgow homes is due to start this week.
Serco, the company in charge of accommodation for asylum seekers in Glasgow who have not been granted leave to remain by the Home Office, last month began a long-threatened mass eviction – changing the locks of refugees’ homes while they were out. The firm claims that it can no longer afford to house failed asylum claimants who are not entitled to work or receive benefits in the UK.
Now, the action, which had been threatened for more than a year, is being challenged in the courts by 41 asylum seekers who had previously been threatened with eviction by Serco and sought legal action.
A case heard in Edinburgh’s Court of Session in April ruled that the lock-change evictions were lawful. The appeal is now due to be heard from Wednesday at the court’s Outer House and comes alongside multiple successful challenges in the Sheriff Court which have temporarily prevented people being evicted in 41 out of 44 cases until the issues raised in this case are resolved.