Click on the audio file below to hear Lorna Walker, GLC senior solicitor and partner, explain why GLC is fighting lock change evictions of asylum seekers in Glasgow. Today GLC are appearing in the highest civil court in Scotland to protect the rights of 300 asylum seekers in Scotland
Today, Govan Law Centre, are representing Mrs Ali’s appeal to Scotland supreme civil appellate court (the Inner House of the Court of Session) to prevent Serco re-commencing its lock change programme against 300 asylum seeker and refugee households. Serco announced they were doing this on 12 June 2019.
Serco provide asylum seekers with accommodation under the UK Government’s dispersal programme. They have been trying to evict asylum seekers without a court order. In normal circumstance you can not evict a tenant in the UK with out a court order.
There are approximately 10,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Glasgow. Asylum seekers have no right to work, cannot access the benefit system and rely on public services and charitable services like food banks. Failed asylum seekers are exploited and are often living in very poor conditions. Many are destitute.
We have – with other legal organisations – managed to have 95 evictions suspended by the scottish courts pending the outcome of this case today. To read more about the history of this campaign please click here
Lorna is working with Mike Dailly solicitor advocate, and GLC legal team: Christine McKellar, Senior Solicitor; Laura Simpson, Senior Solicitor and Laura Brennan, Trainee Solicitor