Category Archives for Asylum Housing

How Mears are putting asylum tenants in danger

How Mears are putting asylum tenants in danger

Along with asylum tenants, SYMAAG has long documented conditions in asylum housing in Yorkshire and the north east. We assumed that when Mears took over the asylum housing contract in our region from G4S in…
Protect asylum residents – Close Urban House in Wakefield.

Protect asylum residents – Close Urban House in Wakefield.

Asylum residents in Urban House Initial Accommodation Centre in Wakefield are living in overcrowded conditions which endanger their lives. For the past two months as Covid-19 has become a pandemic, people in Urban House hostel…
Don’t Cut Us Off. Mears: Install WiFi Internet in all Asylum Housing! Sign the petition

Don’t Cut Us Off. Mears: Install WiFi Internet in all Asylum Housing! Sign the petition

We demand Mears provide free WiFi in all of their housing urgently, so that residents can contact support workers, lawyers, family in other countries, access medical information, education and entertainment. Sign the petition here The Mears…
‘How do we wash our hands with no soap in the bathrooms?’

‘How do we wash our hands with no soap in the bathrooms?’

The appalling, overcrowded, unhygienic housing offered to some asylum seekers and their young children is putting them at especial risk of Covid-19. A refusal of insanitary accommodation leads to threats of homelessness. John Grayson of…
Like a prison: discussions with people inside Urban House Initial Accommodation Centre, Wakefield

Like a prison: discussions with people inside Urban House Initial Accommodation Centre, Wakefield

Written by John Grayson ‘We could take this place, which is like a prison, for three or four weeks but not for months and months’ – Barry, a businessman from the Middle East I was…
Is this what we paid £1.15 billion for? Concerns grow over conditions at Urban House

Is this what we paid £1.15 billion for? Concerns grow over conditions at Urban House

Complaints about conditions in Urban House Initial Accommodation in Wakefield have been mounting over the past weeks and months. Dirty toilets and washrooms, overcrowding, very poor food and above all the long wait to be…
Sheffield: Hostile Environment or City of Sanctuary?

Sheffield: Hostile Environment or City of Sanctuary?

When is a City of Sanctuary not a City of Sanctuary? When it colludes with Immigration Compliance and Enforcement bodies by sharing information on its residents who are undocumented migrants. Sheffield City Council (SCC) has…
“G4S tenants will be dancing in the streets”

“G4S tenants will be dancing in the streets”

After a six year campaign by asylum tenants G4S have lost their contracts to run asylum housing. From September 2019 tenants will not have “a prison guard as a landlord” The new 10 year £4…
Protest against Sheffield Council putting migrant children in Dangerous B&B

Protest against Sheffield Council putting migrant children in Dangerous B&B

Despite assurances Sheffield City Council are still putting migrant children in the dangerous and unsuitable Earl Marshall Bed and Breakfast which John Grayson and Violet Dickenson reported on 6 months ago. This is not acceptable…
Tell Sheffield Council: Treat Homeless Asylum Children with Respect! Wed 4 July

Tell Sheffield Council: Treat Homeless Asylum Children with Respect! Wed 4 July

A recent investigation by John Grayson and Violet Dickenson of SYMAAG revealed that Sheffield City Council are treating homeless asylum seeking children unlawfully and disrespectfully. These children and families have No Recourse to Public Funds…