Council leader and charities say Serco’s plans to evict asylum seekers could be illegal

Glasgow city council is setting up a task force to deal with a potential humanitarian crisis should the private housing provider Serco go ahead with plans to lock hundred of asylum seekers out of their homes, leaving them destitute.

The council’s leader, Susan Aitken, wrote to the home secretary, Sajid Javid, for the second time on Tuesday asking him to intervene, after Serco – which provides accommodation for asylum seekers on behalf of the Home Office – notified the first six refugees that their locks would be changed within seven days.

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