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Vulnerable asylum-seekers to be moved from a Glasgow hotel after safety failings

Home Office contractor Mears assured charities the women are to be returned to self-catering accommodation

VULNERABLE women forced by a Home Office contractor to stay in hotels are set to be moved after safety failings were reportedly acknowledged by the provider.

Following a visit to sites housing asylum seekers in Glasgow, senior figures in housing group Mears are understood to have assured charities supporting migrants that vulnerable people would be returned to self-catering accommodation. 

Last month the contractor stopped the allowances of asylum-seekers and moved more than 300 into hotels. 

Concerns were raised regarding conditions for women, who were left isolated and in fear after being forced to share communal spaces with dozens of men. 

The Asylum Seeker Housing (ASH) Project visited the hotels with Mears’ regional operations manager Steve Robbins, who the Star understands accepted serious issues at the sites. 

Workers from ASH said that Mr Robbins assured them that women and others would be returned to flats.

The project has also written to the hotels to request meetings and express their concerns.

A spokesperson for ASH added: “Hopefully we can all work together to improve living conditions for the residents.

“Along with many charities, we have previously expressed concerns about the living conditions in the hotels.”

A spokesperson for Mears said that those who had asked to be moved would be accommodated elsewhere –  although no date was provided – and that the contractor would continue to work with charities supporting asylum seekers.

 

 

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