Why were 400 vulnerable men, women and children moved from flats in Glasgow into rundown hotels during the Lockdown?
Robina Qureshi, Director of Positive Action in Housing, writes:
Following the tragic death of 30 year old Syrian Refugee Adnan Olbeh in Glasgow, i an writing to let you know we have today written a letter to the Home Secretary to ask her to:
• Tell us why Mears and the Home Office ignored the Lockdown restrictions imposed by the UK Government since April by transporting hundreds of vulnerable people 4 or 5 to a van out of the safety of self-contained flats into empty Glasgow hotels (where social distancing is impossible and there is increased risk of catching the Coronavirus in crowded dining rooms and lifts)
• Urge her to restore the weekly allowance of £35.50 to Glasgow’s “hotel asylum seekers” and to move people back into self-contained accommodation before a further tragedy occurs. Our greatest fear is that there are many people like Adnan currently residing in the hotels without money or proper support.