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Billy Boil Posted 23rd Mar 2016, 11:12pm
 
QUOTE (GG @ 18th Mar 2016, 12:11am) *
This debacle rolls on and on under the watch of woeful politicians ...

P.S. Why is it always mentioned by lazy journalists that the ultra-privileged, Eton College-educated Serco chief executive Rupert Soames is a grandson of Winston Churchill? Is this supposed to remind us that such gross abuse of privilege should go un-challenged, to be passively accepted by the those who are not worthy of such accolades?

GG.

We wis so poor my granfaither wis cried William Smith an ma' faither wis cried William Smith an' a' wis cried William Smith. Gets a bit borin aifter a hunner an fifty years. But when ye have nae much money an liv doon by the clyde in Guvin ye get tae wish that wur ye a relative o the Churchills ye wid at least huv hoat watur an a lavey in the hoose.
GG Posted 18th Mar 2016, 12:03am
  This debacle rolls on and on under the watch of woeful politicians ...
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We'll fess up to mistakes, says boss in row over alleged mistreatment of asylum seekers in Glasgow

The boss of a multi-million pound company under fire for the alleged mistreatment of asylum seekers in Glasgow has said they would “’fess up” to mistakes as he confirmed one kitchen had been shared between 40 vulnerable people.

Serco chief executive Rupert Soames also said that there was “no evidence” his staff were abusing those in their care.

Keith Vaz, the head of the influential Commons Home Affairs Committee, is due to visit Glasgow on Friday to investigate the reports.

In a statement released on the eve of his trip, Serco admitted that allegations that a single kitchen was being shared between 40 people were “substantially correct”.

It said a shortage of accommodation in Glasgow had forced it to use a 90-person hostel with a "small" kitchen in recent months.

Serco said it was in the process of cutting the numbers staying at the address, because the "catering facilities were less than satisfactory".

The company also said that it had been unable to investigate reports staff had taunted asylum seekers with handcuffs and threats of deportation.

The firm said it had received no complaints and had no details of the circumstances behind the allegations.

It also said that it had no details of an alleged incident in which housing officers sprayed air freshener at asylum seekers, while laughing and holding their noses.

It added: “On balance, and without any evidence to the contrary, we believe this story to be untrue.”

The company said it had investigated allegations of blood splattered walls, which it said were found to be untrue as the substance was fruit juice.

Mr Soames, a grandson of Winston Churchill, said: “We care deeply about the welfare of the 4,600 often vulnerable people we are looking after in Scotland.

"We have investigated every allegation that has been made, and have found no evidence of mistreatment, and in some cases the stories were overblown or untrue.

"We have a fantastic team in Scotland providing an outstanding level of care, often in difficult circumstances, and there is no evidence that our people are treating asylum seekers badly.

"I am sure we do make mistakes from time to time, but where we do, we will ‘fess up to them and work hard to fix them.”

Serco houses 4,600 asylum seekers in Glasgow, in 1,860 properties.

The service is delivered through a subcontractor Orchard & Shipman, on behalf of the Home Office.

Last week David Cameron suggested MSPs should investigate.

But Mr Vaz has called on the Home Secretary Theresa May to get "a grip" on the situation.

P.S. Why is it always mentioned by lazy journalists that the ultra-privileged, Eton College-educated Serco chief executive Rupert Soames is a grandson of Winston Churchill? Is this supposed to remind us that such gross abuse of privilege should go un-challenged, to be passively accepted by the those who are not worthy of such accolades?

GG.
Tally Rand Posted 7th Mar 2016, 01:45am
 
QUOTE (Scotsman @ 1st Mar 2016, 02:42pm) *
Guvin is mentioned in the above story because there are so many asylum seekers there.

We hud refugees bit a thoucht the aw' came frae Andersin an' Yoker.
Tally Rand Posted 2nd Mar 2016, 12:32am
 
QUOTE (Scotsman @ 1st Mar 2016, 02:42pm) *
Guvin is mentioned in the above story because there are so many asylum seekers there.

Aw' the asilumn seekers frae Guvin went tae Easterhoose an aw' the asilumn seekers tae Guvin came frae Anderson.
Scotsman Posted 1st Mar 2016, 02:34pm
 
QUOTE (Tally Rand @ 29th Feb 2016, 11:56pm) *
Is youse incudin Guvin in yon feat of mathematical geenyus.

Guvin is mentioned in the above story because there are so many asylum seekers there.
Scotsman Posted 1st Mar 2016, 02:30pm
 
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Asylum seekers in Scotland have allegedly been locked out of their homes in breach of agreed eviction guidelines.

An ex-employee of housing provider Orchard & Shipman (O&S) said this "brutal" practice can leave them destitute and homeless.

BBC Scotland has also seen company emails instructing staff to "remove individuals" from specific addresses.

The housing company has strongly denied breaching guidelines.

O&S has managed the £221m Home Office contract for asylum seeker accommodation in Scotland and Northern Ireland, on behalf of international service company Serco, since September 2012.

The number of asylum seekers being accommodated in Glasgow alone has risen dramatically from 1,668 in 2012 when the contracts began, to 2,769 in September last year - an increase of 66%.

Asylum seekers in Scotland come from all over the world including Somalia, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Eritrea - the vast majority have fled war, torture or persecution.

The lock change allegations are the latest in a string of recent controversies which revealed other Home Office housing contractors in England and Wales may have stigmatised asylum seekers through easily identifiable red-doored properties and coloured food wristbands.

And the Scottish Refugee Council wants the Home Office to commission an independent inquiry into recent claims of substandard housing and dehumanising treatment of refugees in Glasgow by O&S.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-35639585
Tally Rand Posted 29th Feb 2016, 11:48pm
 
QUOTE (flam @ 2nd Sep 2015, 10:24am) *
I personally think that Scotland could afford to take 5000 Syrians (that is Adults and children), they could be spread out all over the country. Example: Glasgow 1000,Edinburgh 500,Perth 300 and the rest disperse to the Islands

Is youse incudin Guvin in yon feat of mathematical geenyus.
flam Posted 22nd Feb 2016, 06:35pm
  Again I have to repeat, I have yet to meet anyone in the North Of Glasgow that welcomes these people, Refugees that is, they may say on television that they welcome them, but when you talk to them in public places it is quite the opposite
john.mcn Posted 22nd Feb 2016, 08:27am
  Good to see a couple of ex posters posting on the Evening Times and still not buying the BS shoved down our neck about 'injustices' facing asylumers. I'm sure i'm not the only one who would have loved the 'dehumanising' treatment they get from the housing nowadays, its far better than what I and many others grew up with. Free everything and yet its stilll not enough according to the refugee council , are they ever concerned about the treatment of born n bred Glaswegians at all..

I still laugh when i hear of those red doors and wristbands as terrible practises, didn't one of them say wearing was one of the most horrible experiences in his life.... Supposed to be fleeing torture and war but a wristband is right up there with his worst rolleyes.gif
wombat Posted 21st Feb 2016, 08:54pm
 
QUOTE (ktv @ 20th Feb 2016, 10:38am) *
^if you give it to private companies to deal with theyre going to want to turn a profit so standards will be lower, the lower the better for them.


no different to SLUM landlords ktv, but isnt that íllegal'? laugh.gif
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