The Guardian newspaper reports today on growing concerns for homeless UK refugees forced to sleep rough in Glasgow.
The newspaper’s Scotland editor, Severin Carrell, explains how more than 1,400 refugees will shortly face homelessness in Glasgow due to the UK Home Office’s rush to clear a significant backlog in asylum claims.
Govan Law Centre (GLC) has warned of an impending rise in litigation – including Human Rights Act just satisfaction claims – if people are forced to sleep rough on the streets due to a lack of emergency homeless accommodation in Glasgow.
This month GLC had prepared three petitions for judicial review for lodging at the Court of Session for three UK refugees who had to sleep rough for several days after being declined emergency homeless accommodation.
Once the council’s Edinburgh solicitors had sight of the petitions, all three clients were given emergency accommodation later that day. Accordingly, there was no need to seek interim orders.
Glasgow has lobbied Home Office and Scottish ministers to help share the expected costs which could be as much as £54m over 2024/25.